What are preferably free and preferably PDF filetype online resources that one can use to study the basic anatomy of the human body?


I feel like these would be great for Health.SE as we could provide a link to those resources that everyone can access instead of books that are usually very costly. I'm starting with human anatomy because this seems the most important to me.

  • This might also be suited for Medical Sciences Meta, but I think Health.SE is the better place for the question... Feel free to argue about it with me though, I'm open to suggestions ;)
    – Narusan
    Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 17:05
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    Wedged in among these Internet Archive books on pharmacology is a book on anatomy and physiology. All the books are pretty recent I believe. Book selection no. 2. is anatomy, I have not read this book, but it may be of interest to someone: archive.org/details/AnatomyByGerardJ.TortoraBryanH.Derrickson
    – Gordon
    Commented Jun 9, 2018 at 17:43

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Containing over 700 vibrant, full-colour images, TeachMeAnatomy is a comprehensive anatomy encyclopedia presented in a visually-appealing, easy-to-read format.

Created by a team of doctors and medical students, each topic combines anatomical knowledge with high-yield clinical pearls, seamlessly bridging the gap between scholarly learning and improved patient care.

This is a good site which mainly deals with anatomy of the human body, It also freely accessible and which can also be considered credible. Also see the TeachMeSeries which contains information about other fields of medicine.

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Get introduced to the major organ systems of the human body! You’ll learn some general anatomy (a roadmap of your body), learn how the arm bone actually connects to the shoulder bone, and how the different organs work together to keep you alive. Watch some videos, read some articles, try some flashcards, and then quiz yourself!

This blog will explicitly introduce the human skeleton and its anatomical traits to a general and interested audience.

This blog then is an introduction and a repository for me, detailing my interests in the field and whilst also documenting my own ongoing archaeological experience. Furthermore, I want to take you on a journey of discovery of self learning by detailing what exactly human osteologists and bioarchaeologists do. Alongside this approach I will also include details of my own extensive experience of bone disease.

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    +1: Thank you very much! What about PDF resources? Like textbooks in PDF format.
    – Narusan
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 12:54
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    YW, I will check and add it, if you are interested in textbooks , you can visit Google books, but the problem is the best books are not free.
    – Mesentery
    Commented Jul 28, 2017 at 13:32
  • @Narusan, why PDF?
    – Jan
    Commented Jun 9, 2018 at 9:24
  • @Jan Because PDFs can be opened by everyone everywhere, and text can be extracted easily. I guess html sites would also work
    – Narusan
    Commented Jun 9, 2018 at 17:44

Gray's Anatomy - an old but complete online book with detailed text and pictures.

Get Body Smart - by organic systems, at a glance

Inner Body - on hover interactive images, with text

KenHub - 50 videos

AnatomyZone - ~200 videos, including basic terminology


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