New! Acland Anatomy now available

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Some good news to share… We now have access to Acland Anatomy (Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy), which is a truly unique resource that presents videos and images of three-dimensional specimens of parts of the human body. Providing an “appreciation of the real human body and a direct understanding of the mechanics of body movement”, the specimens photographed and videoed are presented in their ‘natural’ colours. Access the resource via the A to Z list of electronic resources on the Library webpages, and if you’re off-campus, make sure you take a look at the access notes.

The story behind this resource is actually quite interested. It began life in 1993, after one of Robert Acland’s students mused that it would be great to be able to see moving versions of the anatomy slides that were presented in lectures. At the time, Acland was working as a reconstructive microsurgeon but was transitioning to a second career as clinical anatomist. Within two weeks, Acland had resolved to turn his student’s suggestion into reality and thus the Video Atlas project was born.

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