McMinn's Color Atlas of Head and Neck Anatomy

McMinn’s Color Atlas of Head and Neck Anatomy is the only large format atlas of the human head and neck, incorporating outstanding dissections, osteology, and radiographic and surface anatomy images. Bari M. Logan, Patricia Reynolds, and Ralph T. Hutchings present a "road map" reference to the structures of the head and neck, ideal for study or exam review. New dissections and double page spreads provide detailed depictions for additional and more specific areas. The more complex dissections are accompanied by explanatory artwork and all dissections are accompanied by notes and commentaries. Reference lists and dental anesthesia information are incorporated into appendices at the back of the book. All in all, this is a beautiful and thorough atlas of the whole head and neck region.

"It is difficult find any fault with a book that has been so painstakingly prepared and remains so comprehensively relevant. A copy in the library for reference is not good enough - everyone should have their own!"

European Journal of Orhtodontics, July 2010


Student and practicing dentists and dental surgeons, Medical students, trainee Head & Neck, ENT, Plastic. Oral-maxillofacial surgeons and neurosurgeons


Published: November 2009

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-323-05614-4


  • Skull and skull bone articulations 1


    From the front

    Muscle attachments

    Le Fort facial fractures

    From the left

    Muscle attachments

    From behind

    Vault of skull

    Base of skull

    External surface

    Muscle attachments

    Infratemporal region and teeth

    Internal surface

    Interior of skull, median section

    Cavities of the skull

    Bones of the skull


    Muscle attachments and age changes

    Frontal bone

    Ethmoid bone

    Sphenoid bone and vomer

    Occipital bone

    Maxilla, nasal bone and lacrimal bone

    Palatine bone and inferior nasal concha

    Temporal bone

    Parietal bone and zygomatic bone

    Skull bone articulations

    Facial skeleton

    Orbital and anterior nasal apertures


    Roof and lateral wall

    Floor and medial wall

    Nasal cavity

    Roof, floor and lateral wall

    Maxillary hiatus and nasolacrimal canal

    Base of the skull

    Anterior cranial fossa

    Middle and posterior cranial fossae

    External surface, posterior part

    Pterygopalatine fossa

    Posterior nasal aperture

    Fetal skull

    Fontanelles, sutures and sutural bones

    Cervical vertebrae and neck 2

    Cervical vertebrae



    Third to seventh cervical vertebrae

    Cervical and first thoracic vertebrae

    Other bones

    First rib, manubrium of sternum

    and costovertebral joints

    Bones of shoulder girdle

    Shoulder girdle and upper

    thoracic skeleton






    Surface markings

    Head, neck and shoulders, superficial muscles

    Superficial dissection I. Platysma

    and superficial veins

    Blood supply and venous drainage

    Superficial dissection II. Sternocleidomastoid

    Superficial dissection III. Anterior triangle

    Lymphatic system

    Superficial dissection IV. Posterior triangle

    Deep dissection I. Great vessels and nerves

    and thyroid gland

    Deep dissection II. Great vessels and

    thyroid gland

    Deep dissection III. Thyroid and

    parathyroid glands and root of neck

    Deep dissection IV. Thyroid gland,

    thymus and root of neck

    Deep dissection V. Root of neck

    Deep dissection VI. Prevertebral muscles

    Face, orbit and eye 3


    Surface markings

    Superficial dissection. Parotid gland,

    facial nerve and muscles

    Deep dissection I. Temporalis and

    masseter muscles and

    temporomandibular joint

    Deep dissection II. Infratemporal fossa

    and temporomandibular joint

    Deep dissection III. Infratemporal fossa

    And temporomandibular joint








    Orbit and eye

    Eye and lacrimal apparatus

    Orbital contents I. From above,

    and extraocular muscles

    Orbital contents II. Dissection from

    the lateral side and ciliary ganglion

    Ciliary ganglion and dissection from the front

    Orbital contents III. Eyes in section

    and the lacrimal gland

    Nose, oral region, ear and larynx 4

    Nose and paranasal sinuses

    Nasal cartilages and nasal cavity

    Walls of the nasal cavity

    Frontal and ethmoidal sinuses

    Sphenoidal and maxillary sinuses

    Sections of sinuses and nerves of

    the nasal septum

    Mouth, palate and pharynx

    Sagittal section of head and neck

    Tongue and floor of the mouth

    Roof and floor of the mouth and the

    salivary glands

    Inside of the mouth and the palate

    External and internal surfaces of the pharynx

    Posterior surface of the pharynx


    External, middle and internal ear

    Transverse sections and the auditory ossicles

    Coronal sections and the auditory ossicles


    Hyoid bone and laryngeal cartilages

    Larynx, pharynx, hyoid bone and trachea

    Muscles, ligaments, membranes and joints

    Cranial cavity and brain 5

    Cranial cavity

    Sagittal section

    Cranial vault, meninges and brain

    Brain and arachnoid mater

    Dura mater and cranial nerves

    Dura mater

    Cranial fossae

    Cranial nerves and their connections

    Cranial fossae, cavernous sinus

    and trigeminal nerve

    Cranial cavity, brain and cranial nerves


    Brain and meninges

    Cerebral hemispheres and cerebellum

    Cerebral veins

    Cerebral hemisphere

    Blood supply of the cerebral cortex

    Brain and brainstem

    Medial surface of the hemispheres

    and cerebral arteries

    Base of the brain

    Arteries of the base of the brain

    and brainstem

    Brainstem, cranial nerves and

    geniculate bodies

    Ventricles of the brain

    Internal capsule and basal nuclei

    Hemispheres and brainstem in

    coronal section

    Cerebellum and brainstem

    Cerebellum, brainstem and spinal cord

    Cervical vertebral column and

    Suboccipital region




    Radiographs 6


    Vertebral column

    Carotid arteriogram and venogram

    of the neck

    Skull and paranasal sinuses

    Skull, lateral view

    Carotid arteriograms

    Vertebral arteriograms

    Dural venous sinuses


    Appendix I Dental anaesthesia

    Inferior alveolar and lingual nerve block

    Long buccal nerve block

    Infiltration anaesthesia of the upper teeth

    Posterior superior alveolar nerve block

    Nasopalatine nerve block

    Greater palatine nerve block

    Mental and incisive nerve block

    Appendix II Reference lists



    Lymphatic System



    Skull foramina











    This new 4th edition of ‘McMinn’s Head and Neck Anatomy’, heralds 28 years of publication in seven language editions of English, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Italian and French, with considerable sales worldwide, it has, over time, become an accepted standard anatomical text on the subject.

    It was originally penned in 1979 by the hand of R. M. H. ‘Bob’ McMinn who was then Sir William Collins Professor of Human and Comparative Anatomy, Department of Anatomy,The Royal College of Surgeons of England, London, where Ralph Hutchings (photographer) was Chief Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer and Bari Logan the Prosector.

    The concept of the book evolved in response to the need for a specific anatomical text to suit the educational needs of dental students, and through Peter Wolfe, director of Wolfe Medical Publications, London, it was first published in 1981 and received considerable acclaim as an illustrated reference atlas of human anatomy. Over the ensuing years it has proved equally popular with Radiologists, Neuro, Skull-base, Cranio-facial, Maxillo-facial, Plastic-reconstructive, Ophthalmic, Dental and ENT surgeons, it has therefore continued to fill an important niche on the bookshelves of medical libraries.

    With the full retirement of Bob McMinn to his homeland in the Scottish Highlands, a new author, Patricia Reynolds joined the team in 2002 for the 3rd edition and added (adds) a new level of expertise to the book.

    Again, in order to meet readers’ demands for this edition, we have incorporated new anatomical preparations, radiographic images, clinical photographs with notes and paid particular attention to a new series of page spreads dedicated to dental anatomy.

    We hope that these new additions will be appreciated and that the book will continue in its popularity and important contribution to medical education at both the pre-clinical and postgraduate level.

    As before, the name ‘McMinn’ is retained in the title as a tribute to an outstanding anatomist and distinguished colleague.

    Bari Logan

    Pat Reynolds

    Ralph Hutchings

    Professor R. M. H. McMinn, MD (Glas), PhD (Sheff), FRCS (Eng)

    Robert ‘Bob’ McMinn was a medical graduate of the University of Glasgow. After hospital posts and service with the Royal Air Force in Iraq and Africa, he began his anatomical career as a Demonstrator in Anatomy in Glasgow in 1950. He became a lecturer in the University of Sheffield and was later Reader and then Titular Professor at King’s College London. In 1970 he was appointed to the Chair of Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Among his publications

    ‘A Colour Atlas of Human Anatomy’ with photographer R. T. Hutchings was first published in 1977 and became a worldwide best-seller, with translations into over 25 languages. For this and other later atlases his co-editors added the name ‘McMinn’ to the titles in recognition of his contribution to anatomical teaching. He was editor of the 8th and 9th editions of Last’s Anatomy Regional and Applied’ which remains a standard work for surgical trainees. He was programme secretary and later treasurer of the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and was a founder member and the first secretary of the British Association of Clinical Anatomists. At the International Anatomical Congress held in Cambridge in 2000 he received a Special Presentation Award from the Anatomical Society for his teaching and research activities. His research interests were in wound healing and tissue repair, and on the association between skin disease and the alimentary tract. He has been fully retired for nearly 20 years now and lives on the west coast of Scotland.




















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