McMinn's Color Atlas of Head and Neck Anatomy, 4th Edition

McMinn's Color Atlas of Head and Neck Anatomy

4th Edition

By Bari M. Logan, MA, FMA, HonMBIE, Formerly University Prosector, Department of Anatomy, University of Cambridge, UK; Patricia Reynolds, BDS, MBBS, MA, PhD, FDSRCS(Eng), Senior Lecturer, Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Guy's Thomas'Dental Institute, London, UK and Ralph T. Hutchings, Photographer for Imaging; Formerly Chief Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London, UK

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.