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Andreas Vesalius – Founder of modern human anatomy

Andreas Vesalius – Founder of modern human anatomy

Happy World Anatomy Day! – the 15th of October commemorates the death of Andreas Vesalius (1514 - 1564) – considered to be the founder of modern human anatomy. His works revolutionised our understanding of the human body, breaking many of the misconceptions that had...

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GSSE Question Type A – The Latissimus Dorsi

GSSE Question Type A – The Latissimus Dorsi

This fortnights quiz is all about the anatomy of the back and spine, so we thought we would get you started with a nice and straight forward single best answer! Given its versatility as the largest single pedicle flap a good understanding of the innervation and blood...

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Anatomy of the Larynx

Anatomy of the Larynx

The larynx is such an incredible piece of anatomy! Many pieces of cartilage and many intricate muscles all contributing to our ability to phonate and communicate. A good understanding of its anatomy is also imperative to the surgical airway. Don’t fear, you will all...

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Plan your GSSE Study

Plan your GSSE Study

The Primary Anatomy quizzes have been designed to complement our GSSE study plan, working through each anatomical region per fortnight with a final quiz which covers all anatomical regions! For those who are unsure where to begin our structured timetable will provide...

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Cerebral Angiography

Cerebral Angiography

Cerebral angiography was pioneered by the Portuguese neurologist Egas Moniz in 1927 and has since continued to evolve to be the essential imaging for cerebrovascular pathology, frequently yielding more telling diagnostic images than conventional MRI or CT scans. With...

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Glioblastoma Multiforme

Glioblastoma Multiforme

An essential paper for all future Neurosurgeons! This article by Lacroix M, et al. remains one of the most cited articles in the field of neurosurgery, outlining the survival benefits of obtaining a near complete resection (>98%) in patients suffering from GBM,...

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The 3D Exoscope

The 3D Exoscope

The future of surgery is here – meet the 3D Exoscope! A microsurgical scope with no loupes, no eyepieces, and free-handed instruments which are motion sensitive. Its high-resolution camera is voice activated and can track the instruments to maintain the visual field....

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Head & neck GSSE practice question

Head & neck GSSE practice question

Given that our next fortnightly quiz will be covering head and neck anatomy we thought we’d get you started with a question on the deep cervical fascia of the neck, more specifically the carotid sheath! Head & Neck comprises the largest section of the anatomy exam...

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Preparation for your surgical sciences exam

Preparation for your surgical sciences exam

A great way to prepare for your surgical sciences exam is by working your way through the anatomical regions in Last’s and Rohens, complimenting this with Primary Anatomy’s flashcard set and practice questions. Preparing to sit the GSSE is no easy task and takes...

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Radical prostatectomy versus watchful waiting

This article by Bill-Axelson et al, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, remains one of the most cited articles in the field of urology and is an excellent example of a well conducted RCT - Helping to establish strong evidence around the complex decision...

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Sponsorship of the Women in Surgery (WIS) Symposium

Sponsorship of the Women in Surgery (WIS) Symposium

Primary Anatomy is immensely proud to announce our sponsorship of this year’s Women in Surgery (WIS) Symposium run by the University of Western Australia Surgical Society! The Women in Surgery division of the UWASS is a student-led, not-for-profit organisation that...

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GSSE flashcard set!

GSSE flashcard set!

Membership to Primary Anatomy now includes a huge GSSE flashcard set! Created directly from the RACS syllabus and prescribed text (Lasts Anatomy 9th Edition) our extensive 7,000+ flashcard set has been designed to help study on the go, giving bite-sized information fast.

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Father of modern total hip arthroplasty

Father of modern total hip arthroplasty

There are some names in surgery that you need to know – Sir John Charnley is one of them. Most widely known as the father of modern total hip arthroplasty, his contributions and inventions to the field of orthopaedics are extraordinary! Prof Charnley pioneered the first total hip replacement surgery, turning his own custom stems in his workshop.

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GSSE Question Type A

GSSE Question Type A

Single Best Answer. Type A questions consist of a stem and require selection of the ‘most appropriate’ response. The challenge here is that all the distractors may be correct, however one is a ‘better’ answer than the rest. So, make sure to read all the options!

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Total Hip replacement – Anterior Approach

Total Hip replacement – Anterior Approach

The direct anterior approach for THR was first popularised at the beginning of the 20th century and over the last decade has come back into vogue with the move towards minimally invasive techniques and the push for early recovery after surgery.

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Upper Limb Anatomy

Upper Limb Anatomy

This fortnights quiz is on Upper Limb anatomy! We hope you’re all studying hard and working your way through our flashcards and question bank.

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Over 7,000 GSSE Anatomy Flashcards

Called down to theatre to assist with a cervical node clearance? Or on your new rotation and about to start a TKR with Prof? A quick revision of your anatomy might come in handy…!

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GSSE Fortnightly Quiz

GSSE Fortnightly Quiz

Our fortnightly quizzes have been designed to test your knowledge on specific anatomical regions and will follow a structured timetable displayed in the Primary Anatomy calendar.

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Supporting our Pre-SET Trainees

Supporting our Pre-SET Trainees

Providing educational support to medical students and Pre-SET trainees is a huge part of our endeavour at Primary Anatomy, so we are incredibly proud to announce our new partnership with the University of New England Surgical Society!

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GSSE Question Type B

GSSE Question Type B

Statement & Reasoning. Type B questions consist of a statement (S) and a reason (R) in which you need to determine the relationship between the two. Firstly, determine whether S and R are true or false, if S and R are both true you will then need to determine whether R explains S.

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The Circle of Willis

The Circle of Willis

Our medical illustrator has been working tirelessly to produce original illustrations that reference Rohens Atlas but decontextualize and simplify the images, helping develop your visual memory and allowing you to focus on the landmarks and relations between anatomical structures – essential for your GSSE prep!

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3 month study plan for the November exam

3 month study plan for the November exam

With the November GSSE only a few months away now is a fantastic time to sign up to our 3 month study plan! Primary Anatomy is currently on sale with a 20% discount on all our products.

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Forty Years of Stapes Surgery – Dr Shea

Otosclerosis is the commonest cause of acquired deafness in young adults. The development of the stapedectomy operation in 1956 by Dr John Shea has transformed the outcomes for these patients.

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Anatomy of the digits

Anatomy of the digits

GSSE Spot test! Who’s confident with their digital anatomy? This is a follow-on post from last week’s spot test on the anatomy of the hand.

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GSSE Question Bank

GSSE Question Bank

GSSE practice question! Here’s another of our true/false (type X) questions to help with your exam preparation.

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