Instant Anatomy

3 stars

Course: Anatomy Lecture
Ownership: Robert H Whitaker MA MD MChir FRCS, Cambridge, UK
Cost: £12 for 1 month up to £60 for 12 months subscription, some lectures and podcasts are free. Also additional institutional rates are available.

This resource provides PowerPoint lectures with voice-over. The lectures are clear and easy to follow; however, the topics are disorganized and not comprehensive. It could be used as an supplement to lectures, but it could not replace all of the necessary didactics of an anatomy course. Very few of the topics are available for free. A monthly subscription is necessary for full access to all topics.


This website provides supplemental anatomy lectures, and contains lectures and podcasts that are partially free. For access to all subjects, you must purchase a monthly subscription or purchase the CD-ROM.

The free audio podcasts include the following subjects: The Hip Joint, The Knee Joint, The Fetal Circulation, Nerve damage in humeral fractures, Three intracranial hemorrhages, Principles of Movements at Joints in the Upper Limb, Movements at Sternoclavicular Joint and Abduction of the Shoulder, Axilla and its Three Spaces, and Brachial Plexus and its Topographical Features. There are also limited free video podcasts which seem to be slide diagrams with clear voice-overs.

The following are free lecture topics: Parasympathetic Supply of the Head, The Principles of "Hitchhiking" of Autonomic Nerves on Cranial Nerves, Tabulated Parasympathetic Pathways in the Head, Sympathetics to Pupil and Levator Palpebrae Superioris, The Near Reflex, and Cortical Control of Cranial Nerves.

There is also a question/test section that allows you to customize your quiz with various topics. There is an additional presentation specific to the Oral Anatomy Examination.


These are PowerPoint lectures with an off-screen narrator. They are clear, easy to follow, and the content is at the level of a medical student. They could possibly replace faculty lectures on the topics listed above, but they are not comprehensive. It could be used as a supplement to lectures for certain topics, especially if the school did not have an anatomist who is well versed in a particular topic. It could not replace all of the necessary didactics of an anatomy course.


The Google Speed Score is 84/100; however the page seems to take a long time to load. The podcasts are available for download and on CD-ROM. They are also available by Windows Apps, Chrome Apps, or iOS Apps, with free versions available in each.

To play the CD-ROM they recommend Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8 and MAC OS X Compatible.

For video podcast and the question/test section you will need Adobe Flash. To view content on iOS mobile devices you will need to download the free app from the app store.