Anatomy, Histology & Embryology Lecture Notes

The earlier anatomy, histology & embryology exam was a TRUE monster. It was the dividing line between ordinary medical students and future medical doctors, and it used to be the only exam here at this medical school that would shake students to their very core every single time it's name was spoken out loud. Due to this common conception, few students before me had ever tried to write a complete set of exam notes spanning all the sciences presented in this exam - and most of the ones that tried had failed miserably doing so. By the time I entered the dissection room for the first time, this fear for the anatomy, histology & embryology exam had resulted in a torrent of exam notes of such an unacceptably poor quality that every single new student that entered the anatomy department had no other choice but to start from scratch and do the tedious pioneer work all over again.

I wish that I could have told you that my anatomy, histology & embryology exam notes were the first COMPLETE set of anatomy, histology & embryology exam notes here at this medical school. But wishes rarely coincide with reality. Truth is that one of the sets of exam notes being made available here (Kovacs' Notes) had already been written close to perfection by talented students long before my time, and I basically found myself incapable of writing something better. Yet another set of exam notes being made available here (Histology, 1st Semester) became so seriously molestated due to the lack of time that they ended up becoming almost completely useless. However, my anatomy, histology & embryology exam notes are still the closest anyone has EVER gotten to write a complete set of anatomy, histology & embryology exam notes, and the exam notes that turned out the way they were intended are to this day some of the very best exam notes ever to come out of this medical school.

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Bones & Joints
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The bones & joints exam notes were the first set of FULLY ILLUSTRATED bones & joints exam notes here at this medical school. These exam notes also represented a defining moment for me as a student, because they proved to me that I was stubborn enough to write a set of exam notes even if it was a complete waste of time. Gross anatomy is not meant to be learned by writing, but by admiring the beautiful art of Frank H. Netter, MD over and over again until everything falls into place. Though the bones & joints exam notes have become a valuable study tool for many students here at this medical school, this set of exam notes is probably the only set of exam notes that should never have been written.


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Kovacs' Notes
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Kovacs' Notes is neither my work, nor do I claim to have any relation to it's creation whatsoever. However, through my eyes this is the best set of notes available in regional anatomy for the medical students here at POTE, and I basically found myself incapable of writing something better. Enjoy.


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Regional Anatomy
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Though Kovacs' Notes are probably the best set of exam notes written in ANY subject here at this medical school, they lack clear cut descriptions of the regions including their borders, skin innervation and muscles. The regional anatomy exam notes are simply an appendix to Kovacs' Notes supplementing the missing bits and pieces.


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Histology, 1st Semester
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Due to the confusion surrounding the earlier anatomy, histology & embryology exam, I misjudged histology as a science. As a result, the rapidly approaching deadline molestated the histology first semester exam notes almost to the point of becoming completely useless. Sadly for you, I passed the exam as scheduled and never got the time I desired to re-write the histology first semester exam notes the way they should have been written. This set of exam notes should therefore ideally have remained in the darkness of my closet never to see the light of day again, but for the sake of completeness they are still being made available here. Use them at your own risk!


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Histology, 2nd Semester
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The ultimate failure in writing the histology first semester exam notes made me learn the hard way how histology is supposed to be approaced as a science. This resulted in the histology second semester exam notes not only becoming the first set of FULLY schematically illustrated histology second semester exam notes here at this medical school, but also the first set of histology second semester exam notes with COMPLETE organ descriptions preceeding the description of each separate histological preparation.


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Histology, 3rd Semester
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The histology third semester exam notes were written following the same trail of thought as the second semester, and yielded a result that, like the second semester, became the first set of FULLY schematically illustrated histology third semester exam notes as well as the first set of histology third semester exam notes with COMPLETE organ descriptions.


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Embryology, 1st Semester
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The embryology first semester exam notes were the first set of FULLY ILLUSTRATED embryology first semester exam notes here at this medical school. To my knowledge, they were also the first set of READILY UNDERSTANDABLE embryology first semester exam notes ever to be made available for the students here at this medical school. The feat of me being able to write such readily understandable embryology first semester exam notes did not depend on myself as much as it did on pure stupid luck. While the vast majority of the students before me had been wasting their time trying to decifer the default book recommended by the anatomy department, I stumbled across a copy of a copy of a book so old that it was literarily written on a typewriter. However, this book succeded in every single last aspect where the default book failed, and this elevated the embryology first semester exam notes to a level of clarity and simplicity never seen before here at this medical school.


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Embryology, 2nd Semester
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The embryology second semester exam notes became based on the same book that I was lucky enough to stumble across during my first semester, thus they ended up becomming the first set of READILY UNDERSTANDABLE embryology second semester exam notes here at this medical school. Due to my shift of focus towards histology during this semester, time did not allow me to illustrate the last 12 questions of this set of exam notes. However, I still had the ability to illustrate the first 11 questions in the same manner as you have come to expect from me before time ran out.


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Embryology, 3rd Semester
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During the creation of the embryology third semester exam notes I once again managed to free up sufficient time make full use of the amazing book I had gotten the privilege of studying from the previous two semesters. This caused the embryology third semester exam notes to become both the first set of FULLY ILLUSTRATED embryology third semester exam notes as well as the first set of READILY UNDERSTANDABLE embryology third semester exam notes here at this medical school.


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Neuroanatomy
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Writing the neuroanatomy exam notes turned out to be one of the most difficult challenges I ever had to face here at this medical school. Not only was the amount of information contained within neuroanatomy as a science ridiculously excessive compared to the comma the subject itself represented in the context of the entire anatomy, histology & embryology exam, but there was also a suspicious void of any other exam notes written by other students here at this university that potentially could have aided me in my writing. This caused me to rely on nothing but the lectures and pure intuition when trying to figure out the correct answer to each separate question. However, the neuroanatomy exam notes turned out surprisingly competent despite their obscure origins, and they are still the primary study tool for many students here at this university when studying for their neuroanatomy exam.


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