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University of Pennsylvania

Going Out on a Limb: Anatomy of the Upper Limb

University of Pennsylvania via edX


Anatomy lab isn’t just for first year medical students anymore. With this online anatomy course, anyone can learn about the upper limb, without the cadaver.

This course will serve as your introduction to the anatomy of the upper limb. We’ll start with basic human anatomical terminology and apply that knowledge to examining the bones of the upper limb and how they articulate at joints. You will also learn about the muscles that produce movement at those joints in addition to the innervation and blood supply of the upper limb.


Week 1 – The Language of Anatomy

  • Overview
  • Anatomic Terminology and Limb Regions
  • Osteology and Skeletal Anatomy; Muscle Actions
  • Muscle Attachments; Planes of Motion

Week 2 – Innervation and Blood Supply of the Upper Limb

  • The Nervous System: Overview
  • The Brachial Plexus: Motor Innervation
  • The Brachial Plexus: Sensory Innervation; Blood Supply

Week 3 – The Scapula

  • Elevation and Depression
  • Protraction, Retraction, Medial Rotation, and Lateral Rotation

Week 4 – The Glenohumeral Joint

  • Structure of the Joint; Flexion and Extension
  • Abduction, Adduction, and the Rotator Cuff

Week 5 – The Elbow and Wrist

  • Elbow: Flexion, Extension, Supination, and Pronation
  • Wrist: Structure of the Joint; Flexion and Extension

Week 6 – The Hand

  • Bony Structure, the Carpal Tunnel, and Extrinsic Muscles of the Hand
  • Intrinsic Muscles of the Hand
  • Extrinsic and Intrinsic Muscles of the Thumb

Taught by

James S. White


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  • Anonymous
    Os ossos do membro superior são formados pela cintura escapular, a qual inclui a clavícula e a escápula, e pelos ossos que formam o braço, o antebraço, o punho e a mão. Fazendo um total de 64 ossos.
    O cíngulo do membro superior pode ser chamado de cintura escapular e é formado pela clavícula e pela escapula. Possuímos duas cinturas escapulares, uma de cada lado do corpo. A função da cintura escapular é garantir que o membro superior ligue-se ao tórax.

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    Ahmed Sameeh Abu Harbeed
    Hello, great effort. I hope we can benefit from this course and be more in-depth in dissecting all the tissues of the upper limbs
  • Christine Norris

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