Anatomy is an extensive subject with several domains and this post by the MVM Group of Institutions is directed towards understanding another vital branch of anatomy; surface anatomy.
Surface anatomy is the branch of anatomy that deals with the study of anatomical features by sight without dissection.
It is a descriptive science stemming from gross anatomy along with radiological and endoscopic anatomy.
It focuses on the surface landmarks that correspond to the deeper lying structures hidden from view, both in static pose and while in motion. It looks into the grooves and prominences found on bones or bony landmarks that help us in the identification of the location of other body structures surrounding them like muscles, nerves, blood vessels etc.
It is essential to study surface anatomy before looking into internal gross anatomy. It is an important learning that helps medical professionals to reach a diagnosis and to help treat patients.
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