Head and Neck Anatomy
Head and Neck Anatomy

Head and Neck Anatomy

by Craig Canby, PhD

The head contains the most prominent structures of the central nervous system (e.g., the brain and cerebellum), as well as the organs of the senses and the point of entry for the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts. The neck is the region that provides passage to the vascular, respiratory, and digestive structures that functionally connect the head to the thorax and abdomen.

In this course, the student will be introduced to the neck and all the structures it envelops, the main vascular supply to the contents of the cranial vault, the orbit and its contents, the teeth and how they are developed, the muscles of the face, the cartilaginous structures of the face, and the external, middle and inner ear.

For optimal comprehension, the student is encouraged to correlate the lessons of this course with their counterparts in histology, physiology, and embryology.

Basics/clinical correlation: In clinical practice, trauma and infectious conditions (e.g., abscesses) that affect the head and neck are considered of great importance and severity. They are cared for very carefully because of their anatomical proximity to the brain and/or because the airway or major vascular structures can be compromised.

Relevance for medical career: It’s key for the general physician and nurse practitioner to be familiar with the anatomy of the head and neck in order to have an adequate understanding of the conditions that could affect the structures they encompass.

Course Details

  • Videos 59
  • Duration 4:51 h
  • Quiz questions 144
  • Concept Pages 26


Your Educators of course Head and Neck Anatomy

 Craig Canby, PhD

Craig Canby, PhD

Dr. Craig Canby is a Professor of Anatomy and the Associate Dean for Academic Curriculum and Medical Programs at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University, Iowa, USA.
He obtained his PhD in Anatomy at the University of Iowa.
For his achievements in teaching and research, he received various awards such as the DPT Class of 2008 Teaching Excellence Award and the prestigious Hancher-Finkbine Medallion.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Canby teaches courses on Anatomy.

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Neck and head
By Matthew L. on 17. May 2022 for Head and Neck Anatomy

It’s not bad but compared to other sources seems like it is missing some info

Great contents
By Laura R. on 10. April 2022 for Head and Neck Anatomy

I like it because its very useful to review specific contents, and is divided in a very good way

By Rafael M. on 29. March 2022 for Arterial Supply of the Brain: Circle of Willis – Carotid and Subclavian Arteries

The circle of Willis was not explained. The video basically just says the vertebral arteries and internal carotids give rise to the circle of Willis. What about all the other branches?

By Neuer N. on 27. March 2022 for Structure of the Bony Orbit

Very nice explanation but please include more assessment. Besides objective questions, include subjective questions and give answers and ask the individual to self evaluate! A very helpful and intuitive way i think. Please implement at the earliest