Anatomy Books

Anatomy books are the foundation of Medicine and Chiropractic too.

Early history

The beginnings are found in the very earliest mists of recorded time. Ancient Egyptians left their drawings of trepanation, a procedure of opening the skull, on the walls of the pyramids and the Incas too were known to be dissectionists.

Strangely, it is Aristotle, more famous for his philosophical writings, who in the fourth century before Christ who is often acknowledged as the first anatomist. He made anatomical drawings showing how the arteries branched out to the parts of the body.

Human dissection was strictly forbidden, but is known to have happened under the cover of darkness. Galen, the doctor who is known to have used manipulation to cure a famous Roman scholar’s palsied arm in the second century BC, was a master anatomist, officially only on animals. He loved macabre public displays, dissecting living pigs in public, demonstrating how incisions made into the spinal cord would paralyse their legs.

Middle Ages

In the fourteenth century Michelangelo is known to have done dissections by candlelight in an Italian hospital, thereby gaining the inspiration and great accuracy of his many statues and paintings.

The anatomist Michelangelo crafted the beautiful statue of David
Michelangelo's intricate sculpture of a human hand
Leonardo da Vinci

too is known to have been an anatomist. One has only to look at his sketches to know that the great genius had an intricate knowledge of anatomy.

A diagram by the early anatomist Leonardo da Vinci

Seventeenth Century

In the seventeenth century, when human dissection was still strictly forbidden, William Harvey , the father of surgery, dissected his own deceased father and is credited with the discovery that it is the heart that actually pumps our blood.

Nineteenth Century

It was not until 1832 that widespread human dissection was permitted in Great Britain. Prior to that body snatching, grisly murders and grave robbing was widely practised to source human cadavers for anatomists, eager to discover the mysteries of the human body. The remains of their dissections have recently been dug up in British archaeological investigations.

Henry Gray , the British anatomist, published undoubtedly the most famous anatomical textbook, still affectionately known the world over as Grays Anatomy ... 150 years ago.

Anatomy Books

Twenty-first Century


There have been many texts written since, but we feature Spine Spinal cord ANS by Cramer and Darby as a recent text most relevant to chiropractors. Written by a chiropractor, this book is full of clinical gems. SPINE SPINAL CORD ANS ...

2. CLINICAL NEUROANATOMY made ridiculously simple

Whilst chiropractors rightly claim to work on a daily basis with the neurological systems of the body, one wonders how many could confidently name all the cranial nerves, and give a brief summary of their function! I confess that I numbered amongst those who couldn't, until freshening up on Dr Goldberg's little book.

For more information about this 100 page gem, click here … CLINICAL NEUROANATOMY MADE RIDICULOUSLY SIMPLE ...

3. Primal Pictures

Have you ever wished that you had two weeks to go back to the Gross Anatomy lab, with new anatomy books, and review all that stuff? I have! At Primal Pictures you have an excellent alternative. Save you travelling to Los Angeles or New York, Chicago or Davenport ... Perhaps won't save you the time though. Once you start viewing these three dimensional images time will pass very smartly. Anatomy books and CDs can provide much for the busy doctor. That's assuming that your alma mata provides the service and you have the choice! PRIMAL PICTURES ...

Atlanto Occipital Joint

For those privileged to have a human cadaver there was little more fascinating than the suboccipital region an in particular the relationship between the cervical spine and the dura.


The Incas are not only famous for their ancient civilisation, their understand of the solar system, their silver mines but also the famous legume named after the capital of Peru. GROWING LIMA BEANS ...


Physical Therapists providing a Chiropractic adjustment?

Many insurance companies now only pay for physical therapists to provide a chiropractic adjustment; that's in the face of powerful research proving that inclusion of DCs to perform their own technique would save them a good deal of money. One has to conclude that political medicine has gone off on another tack to contain our profession.

It's being successful with some doctors of chiropractic quitting. Others become involved in some dodgy practices, like demanding that patients sign up for a whole year of treatment in advance, in order to stay in business.

In recessionary times, the going is tough when the insurance won't pay.

Is the day approaching for a new Wilk versus the AMA and the insurance companies?

The chiropractic profession has tried hard to stay on the moral high ground; those who stoop to unscrupulous practices need to be exposed and disciplined if we are not to stoop to the low blows that medicine has often resorted to contain and eliminate us.

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