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Clinical Anatomy, 13th Edition
Applied Anatomy for Students and Junior Doctors
by Harold Ellis, Vishy Mahadevan
Paperback Book (445 Pages)
October 2013

Written by one of the great teachers of anatomy, the thirteenth edition of Clinical Anatomy continues to provide thousands of medical students, postgraduate trainees and junior doctors across the world with essential anatomical information within a clinical setting. It is particularly appropriate for those preparing for the Intercollegiate Membership Examination of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (I-MRCS).

Professor Harold Ellis is again joined by Professor Vishy Mahadevan to provide detailed, easy-to-follow structured text suitable for anatomy students and trainees of all levels.

Fully revised and updated with many new illustrations, this new edition features for the first time, several anatomical drawings overlaid on a living anatomy model to provide detailed topographical orientation and accurate surface representation.

The companion website at contains digital flashcards of all the illustrations and photographs contained in the book - ideal for revision and teaching purposes.
Preface to the Thirteenth Edition

Preface to the First Edition

Acknowledgements to the Thirteenth Edition

Acknowledgements to the First Edition

Part 1: The Thorax


Surface anatomy and surface markings

The trachea

The pleura

The lungs

The heart

The thoracic cage

The thoracic vertebrae

The ribs

The costal cartilages

The sternum

The intercostal spaces

The diaphragm

The pleurae

The lower respiratory tract

The trachea

The bronchi

The lungs

The mediastinum

The pericardium

The heart

The superior mediastinum

The thymus

The oesophagus

The thoracic duct

The thoracic sympathetic trunk

On the examination of a chest radiograph

Radiographic appearance of the heart

Part 2: The Abdomen and Pelvis

Surface anatomy and surface markings

Vertebral levels

Surface markings of individual viscera

The fasciae and muscles of the abdominal wall

Fasciae of the abdominal wall

The muscles of the anterior abdominal wall

The anatomy of abdominal incisions

The inguinal canal

Peritoneal cavity

Intraperitoneal fossae

The subphrenic spaces

The gastrointestinal tract

The stomach

The duodenum

Small intestine

Large intestine

The appendix

The rectum

Arterial supply of the intestine

The portal system of veins

Lymph drainage of the intestine

The structure of the alimentary canal

The development of the intestine and its congenital abnormalities

The gastrointestinal adnexae: liver, gall-bladder
and its ducts, pancreas and spleen

The liver

The biliary system

The gall-bladder

The pancreas

The spleen

The urinary tract

The kidneys

The ureter

The embryology and congenital abnormalities of the kidney and ureter

The bladder

The urethra

The male genital organs

The prostate

The scrotum

Testis and epididymis

Vas deferens (ductus deferens)

The seminal vesicles

The bony and ligamentous pelvis

The os innominatum

The sacrum

The coccyx

The functions of the pelvis

Joints and ligamentous connections of the pelvis

Differences between the male and female pelvis

Obstetrical pelvic measurements

Variations of the pelvic shape

The muscles of the pelvic floor and perineum

The anterior (urogenital) perineum

The posterior (anal) perineum

The female genital organs

The vulva

The vagina

The uterus

The Fallopian tubes

The ovary

The endopelvic fascia and the pelvic ligaments

Vaginal examination

Embryology of the Fallopian tubes, uterus and vagina

The posterior abdominal wall

The suprarenal glands

Abdominal aorta

Inferior vena cava

Lumbar sympathetic chain

Computed axial tomography

Part 3: The Upper Limb

Surface anatomy and surface markings of the
upper limb

Bones and joints

Muscles and tendons



The bones and joints of the upper limb

The scapula

The clavicle

The humerus

The radius and ulna

The bones of the hand

The shoulder

The elbow joints

The wrist joint

The joints of the hand

Three important zones of the upper limb: the axilla, the cubital fossa and the carpal tunnel

The axilla

The cubital fossa

The carpal tunnel

The arteries of the upper limb

The axillary artery

The brachial artery

The radial artery

The ulnar artery

The brachial plexus

The segmental cutaneous supply of the upper limb

The course and distribution of the principal nerves
of the upper limb

The axillary nerve

The radial nerve


The musculocutaneous nerve

The ulnar nerve

The median nerve

Compartments of the upper limb

Compartments in the segments of the upper limb

Compartment syndrome

The female breast


Blood supply

Lymphatic drainage


The anatomy of upper limb deformities

The spaces of the hand

The superficial pulp space of the fingers

The ulnar and radial bursae and the synovial tendon sheaths
of the fingers

Part 4: The Lower Limb

The surface anatomy and surface markings of
the lower limb

Bones and joints

Bursae of the lower limb

Mensuration in the lower limb

Muscles and tendons



The bones and joints of the lower limb

The os innominatum

The femur

The patella

The tibia

The fibula

A note on growing ends and nutrient foramina in the long bones

The bones of the foot

The hip

The knee joint

The tibiofibular joints

The ankle

The joints of the foot

The arches of the foot

The anatomy of walking

Three important zones of the lower limb: the femoral triangle, adductor canal and popliteal fossa

The femoral triangle

The fascia lata

The femoral sheath and femoral canal

Femoral hernia

The lymph nodes of the groin and the lymphatic drainage of the lower limb

The adductor canal (of Hunter) or subsartorial canal

The popliteal fossa

The arteries of the lower limb

Femoral artery

Popliteal artery

Posterior tibial artery

Anterior tibial artery

The veins of the lower limb

The course and distribution of the principal nerves
of the lower limb

The lumbar plexus

The sacral plexus

The sciatic nerve

The tibial nerve

The common peroneal (fibular) nerve

Segmental cutaneous supply of the lower limb

Compartments of the lower limb

Compartments in the segments of the lower limb

Compartment syndrome

Part 5: The Head and Neck

The surface anatomy of the neck

The fascial compartments of the neck

Tissue planes and fascial layers in the anterior part of neck

The thyroid gland

The parathyroid glands

The palate

The development of the face, lips and palate with special reference
to their congenital deformities

The tongue and floor of the mouth

The tongue

The floor of the mouth

The pharynx

The nasopharynx

The oropharynx

The palatine tonsils

The laryngopharynx,

The mechanism of deglutition

The larynx

Blood supply

Lymph drainage

Nerve supply

The salivary glands

The parotid gland

The submandibular gland

The sublingual gland

The major arteries of the head and neck

The common carotid arteries

The external carotid artery

The internal carotid artery

The subclavian arteries

The veins of the head and neck

The cerebral venous system

The venous sinuses of the dura

The internal jugular vein

The subclavian vein

The lymph nodes of the neck

The cervical sympathetic trunk

The branchial system and its derivatives

Branchial cyst and fistula

The surface anatomy and surface markings of
the head

The scalp

The skull

Floor of the cranial cavity


The paranasal sinuses (accessory nasal sinuses)

The frontal sinuses

The maxillary sinus (antrum of Highmore)

The ethmoid sinuses

The sphenoidal sinuses

The mandible

The temporomandibular joint

The teeth

The vertebral column

The cervical vertebrae

The thoracic vertebrae

The lumbar vertebrae

The sacrum

The coccyx

The intervertebral joints

Part 6: The Nervous System

The brain

The brainstem

The medulla oblongata

The pons

The midbrain

The cerebellum,

The diencephalon,

The hypothalamus,

The pituitary gland (hypophysis cerebri)

The thalamus

The cerebral hemispheres

The cerebral cortex

The insula

The connections of the cerebral cortex

The basal ganglia

The long ascending and descending pathways

The membranes of the brain (the meninges)

The ventricular system and the cerebrospinal fluid circulation

The spinal cord

Age differences


Descending tracts

Ascending tracts

The membranes of the cord (the meninges)

The cranial nerves

The olfactory nerve (I)

The optic nerve (II) and the visual pathway

The oculomotor nerve (III)

The trochlear nerve (IV)

The trigeminal nerves (V)

The abducent nerve (VI)

The facial nerve (VII)

The auditory (vestibulocochlear) nerve (VIII)

The glossopharyngeal nerve (IX)

The vagus nerve (X)

The accessory nerve (XI),

The hypoglossal nerve (XII),

The special senses

The nose

The ear

The eye and associated structures

The autonomic nervous system

The sympathetic system

The sympathetic trunk

The parasympathetic system

Glossary of eponyms

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