Field's Anatomy, Palpation & Surface Markings / Edition 5

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Now in its fifth edition, this reliable resource continues to be a practical guide to identification and palpation of significant anatomical landmarks and structures. With a combination of clear text, drawings and photographs it helps the student to acquire knowledge of structures and movements palpable below the surface and to develop their tactile skills.

The new edition now incorporates educational aids such as full colour photographs and drawings along with access to an online resource of 100s of self-assessment questions which gives the student the opportunity to check their knowledge and receive feedback.

  • Introductory chapter on the principles and practice of palpation vital to background study
  • Step-by-step guide to identification and palpation of structures
  • Facilitates learning by providing a clear and concise approach
  • Offers basic information on accessory movements
  • Full colour throughout
  • Enhanced photographs and artwork
  • Self-assessment online via Elsevier’s Evolve Learning Resources - log on to to access:
    • Over 140 drag and drop questions
    • Just under 600 self-answer questions with feedback provided
    • Bank of 250 images
  • Full colour throughout
  • Enhanced photographs and artwork
  • Self-assessment online via Elsevier’s Evolve Learning Resources - log on to to access:
    • over 140 drag and drop questions
    • just under 600 self-answer questions with feedback provided
    • bank of 250 images

Field's Anatomy, Palpation and Surface Markings enables readers to identify, understand and palpate structures through an intact skin. The text also assists the practitioner in the assessment and diagnosis of conditions using manual contact techniques to relate surface markings to the underlying anatomy.

This fourth edition incorporates an innovative approach to the study of anatomy. With the addition of frequent self-assessment sections, it gives the reader the opportunity to consolidate and enjoy the process of testing knowledge, understanding and practical application.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The book starts with a detailed definition of palpation, its application and importance of its use in clinical practice. It has a particular focus on how to improve the art of palpation by giving the reader techniques on how to improve manual dexerity and sensitivity to aid palpation ability...Whilst this book heavily focuses on acquisition of anatomical knowledge through familiarisation of surface markings, it appreciates that palpation skills are developed over many years and that the book is best utilised as an adjunct with other learning methods, reflecting the current diverse trends in academic and clinical practice....Overall this is a very well presented and picture rich book that allows the reader to easily understand surface marking of anatomy and begin to build palpation skills. It is best aimed at studentts or the newly qualified clinician working in Neuro-musculoskeletal practice."

Physical Therapy in Sport, December 2012

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780702043550
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/5/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 837,691
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Palpation: definition, application and practice Some definitions and concepts Palpation: some definitions General characteristics of palpation Touch Some general characteristics The physiology of touch The social significance of touch Touch and clinical practice Effects of palpation on the patient Patient and person The consultation process Techniques of palpation Improving the art of palpation Care of the hands Palpation of different tissues Summary

2 The upper limb Bones The pectoral region The clavicle The upper end of the humerus The scapula Anatomy Functional anatomy The elbow region Functional anatomy The wrist and hand Anterior, medial and lateral aspects Posterior aspect Functional anatomy Joints Joints of the pectoral girdle The sternoclavicular joint The acromioclavicular joint The shoulder joint Movements of the head of the humerus The elbow joint The radioulnar union The superior radioulnar joint The inferior radioulnar joint The mid radioular union The wrist (radiocarpal) joint The hand The intercarpal joints The carpometacarpal joints The intermetacarpal joints The metacarpophalangeal joints The interphalangeal joints Muscles The muscles that move the arm Deltoid Pectoralis major Biceps brachii Brachialis Triceps Latissimus dorsi Coracobrachialis The posterior aspect of the scapula The anterior aspect of the forearm and wrist The posterior aspect of the forearm and wrist The anterior aspect of the hand The posterior aspect of the hand Nerves Arteries Important preliminary notes Branches of the radial and ulnar arteries Veins Superficial drainage

3 The lower limb Bones The hip region The knee region Anterior aspect Medial aspect Lateral aspect Posterior aspect The ankle region The lower end of the tibia The lower end of the fibula The talus Anterior aspect Posterior aspect The calcaneus The foot Dorsal aspect Plantar aspect Joints The sacroiliac joint Structure The hip joint The knee joint Functional anatomy The tibiofibular union The superior tibiofibular joint The inferior tibiofibular joint The ankle joint The foot The talocalcaneal (subtalar) joint The talocalcaneonavicular joint The calcaneocuboid joint The cuboideonavicular joint The midtarsal joint The cuneonavicular and intercuneiform joints The tarsometatarsal joints The intermetatarsal joints The metatarsophalangeal joints The interphalangeal joints Muscles The lateral and anterior aspect of the hip Gluteus medius, gluteus minimus and tensor fasciae latae Iliopsoas and pectineus The posterior aspect of the hip and thigh Gluteus maximus The hamstrings The anterior and medial aspects of the thigh The adductors and quadriceps femoris The anterior and lateral aspects of the leg and foot Peroneus tertius 137 The posterior and plantar aspects of the leg and foot Triceps surae (calf) Tibialis posterior The peronei: peroneus longus and brevis The plantar muscles Nerves Arteries Veins The deep veins The superficial veins

4 The head and neck Bones The skull Superior aspect Posterior aspect Anterior aspect Lateral aspect The neck Anterior aspect Posterior aspect Lateral aspect Joints The skull The temporomandibular joint The cervical spine Anterior aspect of the neck Muscles Muscles of facial expression Muscles of mastication Muscles of the neck Nerves Arteries Veins

5 The thorax Bones The thoracic cage The sternum The clavicle and scapula The vertebrae The ribs Joints The thoracic vertebral column The joints of the anterior end of the ribs The costochondral joints The sternocostal (chondrosternal) joints Joints of the sternum Muscles The anterior aspect of the chest Pectoralis major Biceps brachii and coracobrachialis The posterior aspect of the chest Trapezius Levator scapulae, rhomboid major and rhomboid minor Supraspinatus and infraspinatus Teres major and latissimus dorsi Serratus anterior The diaphragm Nerves Structures within the thoracic cage The lungs The fissures of the lungs The heart Function Major arteries The aorta The brachiocephalic, left common carotid and left subclavian arteries Veins Outline of the venous network

6 The abdomen Bones The thoracic outlet The pelvic girdle The lumbar vertebrae The sacrum The coccyx Joints The lumbar spine The pelvis The sacroiliac joint The pubic symphysis Muscles Nerves The thoracic nerves The lumbar plexus The sacral plexus Arteries Veins Structures within the abdominal cavity General locations and overview The liver The spleen The pancreas The gall bladder The stomach The duodenum The small intestine The caecum The large intestine (large bowel) The kidneys The bladder

7 Conclusion

References and further reading


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