The Tapes show you true images of real, exquisitely dissected human anatomical specimens, in three dimensions. As the camera moves from one viewpoint to another, the specimen appears to rotate in space, letting the viewer experience it as a three dimensional object. Acland's Video Atlas uses fresh, unembalmed specimens that retain the color, texture, mobility--and beauty--of the living human body. A concise synchronized narration runs throughout the video. As each new structure is shown, its name appears on the screen. There is a self-testing feature at the end of each section. A visible time signal shows where you are in the program. The reference booklet gives you both an alphabetic and a chronologic index, with time locations for each structure.
For students, Acland's Video Atlas is a time-saving aid to first-time learning, an effective way to relearn anatomy for clinical rotations, and a time-efficient tool for review at test time. For clinicians in training and in practice it assures a swift renewal of anatomic knowledge. For teachers Acland's Video Atlas shortens the time needed to provide satisfying explanations of three-dimensional structure.
Several unique features make the Video Atlas tapes profoundly different from all other anatomical teaching tools.
(1) A truly three-dimensional look at anatomy.
While the video image is being recorded the dissected specimen is made to rotate: sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. Depending on what needs to be shown, it may be rotated on a horizontal or a vertical axis. As you see it rotate, you perceive it as a fully three-dimensional object. Click on a video clip to experience the impact of this powerful imaging technique.
(2) Fresh human specimens in their natural colors.
The Video Atlas images are direct video recordings of real human anatomic specimens. The cadavers used have not been stiffened or discolored by embalming: their tissues retain the color, texture and mobility of the living body. Besides showing the structure of the human body in its natural beauty, the Video Atlas tapes show moving structures making the same movements that they make in life.
(3) Exquisite dissections.
The dissections are done by skilled clinical anatomists, using the finest surgical and even microsurgical techniques. Studio lighting accentuates the shape and definition of the structures, and a black background enhances their outline.
(4) Clear narration, on-screen titles
A clear, concise narration runs through the program, using the simplest possible language. The words you hear correspond to the nearest second with what is being shown on the screen. Each time a structure is named for the first time, its name appears as an on-screen title as a learning reinforcement.
(5) Building complex stuctures step by step.
The Video Atlas starts with the foundation of each region and builds outward. In a typical part of the musculoskeletal system the bones are shown first, then the joints and their movements, then the muscles, and then the blood vessels and nerves. This is the reverse of the order seen in dissection, where the foundation is not understood until the end.
(6) Review sections
Throughout each tape there are brief review sections that let you test yourself on what you have seen in the preceding 10 - 15 minutes.
(7) Navigation, index booklet.
In the top left corner of the image a constantly visible running time number counts the minutes and seconds from the start of the tape. This enables you to navigate, using the index booklet that comes with each tape. The booklet contains a detailed table of contents and a comprehensive index, as for a textbook but with time number references. At the start of each tape there is a time signal that lets you set your tape player's time counter to zero, so that you can navigate accurately
Who is it intended for?
The Video Atlas was first intended for individual use by medical and dental students. Because of its realism, simple language and three-dimensional quality the Video Atlas has become popular with students and teachers in many other fields, and also with individuals not on a professional learning path who need anatomical knowledge.
Medical and dental students, In first year studies the tapes are productive and time efficient as a preview, as an adjunct to dissection, and as a review tool. They are also valuable for re-learning clinically relevant anatomy on surgical rotations. Since surgeons in training must learn anatomy anew at many stages in their careers the Video Atlas tapes are popular with interns and residents in surgical specialties.
Allied Health students. The Video Atlas is widely used by students and teachers in nursing, physical and occupational therapy, kinesiology and other Allied Health fields. For students without access to dissection facilities the tapes provide an appreciation of the real human body, and a direct understanding of the mechanics of body movement.
High school students. The Video Atlas is used in many high school anatomy classes. The tapes can be understood without any prior knowledge of anatomy. The narration is delivered in simple, everyday language, apart from the necessary use of the anatomical names of structures.
Non-medical users. The Video Atlas provides an accessible source of knowledge for individuals with a need-to-know interest in human structure, including designers, artists, athletes, home-schoolers, and those who have concerns related to their own well being.
Seeing and learning in three dimensions
The greatest problem in learning anatomy comes from trying to form a three dimensional mental picture without three dimensional learning tools. Few people can create a mental image that's three dimensional by looking at pictures in books, or slides on a screen, or static images on a monitor: these all give a learning experience in only two dimensions.
The best three-dimensional learning experience comes from dissecting the human body itself, but we don't all have access to that, and when we do it's not always at the best time in our learning careers. For those who must learn or relearn human anatomy without access to cadaver dissection, there's a critical need for a learning aid that presents images of the real human body in three dimensions. The Video Atlas of Human Anatomy is designed to meet that need at an affordable price, and in a form that can be used by anyone with a simple Video Cassette Recorder.
Our eyes and brains give us two ways to see things in three dimensions, one much more effective than the other. One way is to use our stereoscopic vision, the other is to let our brain create a three dimensional image as the thing we're looking at turns around. To convey a three dimensional image, a learning tool must harness one or other of these ways of seeing.
Stereoscopic vision is something we all learn about in school. It's what we use for our everyday depth perception, and it's the basis for 3D visual aids we've all experienced. These include antique stereoscopes, Viewmaster® slides, 3D movies and experimental split-image television. These visual aids all require special equipment that's not useful for much else. They all suffer from the shortcoming that stereoscopic vision is not our most effective way of seeing things in three dimensions. Our most effective way is the other way: rotation of the object.
Object rotation is what we do without thinking, every time we're curious to learn about a solid object that we haven't seen before. If it's small, we turn it around. If it's big, we walk around it. Either way, we give our seeing brain (which is some supercomputer) a succession of images that it synthesizes to create a three dimensional mental image. Once we gain that image, we "know" the object in a way we never could by looking at two-dimensional pictures of it. And yet, once we have that three-dimensional image, any two dimensional image of the object that we see later makes three-dimensional sense.
We take object rotation for granted as a constantly active part of our sense mechanism, but you may find it hard to envision its power as a way to transmit a three-dimensional image.
- I teach Kinesiology to PTA students...an absolute must for any non-cadaver course in Anatomy or Kinesiology --Williams H. Staples, MS, PT, GCS Ivy Tech State College (1997)
- One of the best, cleanest presentations in gross anatomy I have ever seen.--Dr. K. Jackson Thomas, Medical University of South Carolina (1998)
Now available in DVD format, this product represents Robert Acland's painstaking efforts to bring human anatomy to life by teaching it in real-time using fresh tissues. The conversion from video to DVD provides features including searchable video images and a main menu, table of contents, index, and a glossary of anatomical terms. The advantages of these new features include greater accessibility and ease of navigation, improved speed and efficiency, and high-resolution images. Disc 1 will focus on the upper extremity, Disc 2 on the lower extremity, Disc 3 on the trunk, Discs 4 and 5 on the head and neck, and Disc 6 on internal organs.
Digital Power! DVD transforms Acland's preeminent Video Atlas of Anatomy series into an extremely navigable learning tool with exceptional digital resolution. Access specific content through detailed index searches. View true images of exquisitely dissected specimens, in three dimensions. Hear concise, synchronized narration presenting structures and their relationships. All 6 DVD's along with the 6 DVD set will be available in Fall 2003. This website will be updated as the DVDs become available for sale.
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins gratefully acknowledges the support of Jewish Hospital Foundation, Alliant Health System, and United States Surgical Corporation in the production of the videos.
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