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Yale University

Anatomy of the Upper and Lower Extremities

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Overview

This course has two main parts, one for the lower extremity and the other for the upper extremity. We will show how the various systems that supply and organize the limb control its function. There are a set of introductory lectures which will allow more experienced students to refresh their knowledge of the limbs and a guide to those with less experience. These lectures will be followed by detailed dissections of the extremities emphasizing locomotion for the lower extremities and hand positioning and function for the upper extremities.


This course is part 2/4 in the Yale Human Anatomy Specialization.

Syllabus

  • Course Introduction
    • This course has two main parts, one for the lower extremity and the other for the upper extremity. We will show how the various systems that supply and organize the limb control its function. There are a set of introductory lectures which will allow more experienced students to refresh their knowledge of the limbs and a guide to those with less experience. These lectures will be followed by detailed dissections of the extremities emphasizing locomotion for the lower extremities and hand positioning and function for the upper extremities.
  • Introduction to Lower Extremity/Limb
    • The following videos discuss the organization of the lower extremity covering the bones, movements, muscles, vessels, and nerves.
  • Proximal Lower Extremity
    • This unit examines the structures of the proximal lower extremity from anterior, femoral triangle, medial, lateral and gluteal perspectives.
  • Distal Lower Extremity
    • This unit examines the structures of the distal lower extremity in the posterior thigh, the popliteal region, knee, the compartments of the leg, and foot and ankle.
  • Introduction to the Upper Extremity/Limb
    • In the following short videos we will discuss the organization of the upper extremity covering the bones, movements, muscles, vessels, and nerves. We will emphasize the importance of movements of the entire limb to place the hand in functional positions.
  • Proximal Upper Extremity
    • This unit examines the structures of the shoulder from anterior, posterior superior and lateral perspectives with emphasis on scapula, rotator cuff and the unique aspects of the shoulder joint.
  • Brachial Plexus
    • This unit examines the structures of the brachial plexus from nerve roots to trunks, divisions, cords and branches.
  • Distal Upper Extremity
    • This unit examines the structures of the distal upper extremity with a particular emphasis on the structures that comprise the unique facilities of the human hand.

Taught by

Shanta Kapadia, William B. Stewart and Charles Duncan

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