Field's Anatomy, Palpation & Surface Markings
Field's Anatomy, Palpation & Surface Markings,
Edition 5
By Derek Field, Grad Dip Phys, FCSP, DipTP, SRP and Jane Owen Hutchinson, MA(Ed), MCSP, SRP, Cert Ed, Dip TP, Dip Rehab Counselling

Publication Date: 26 Sept 2012

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Now in its fifth edition, this reliable resource continues to be a practical guide to identification and palpation of significant anatomical landmarks and structures. With a combination of clear text, drawings and photographs it helps the student to acquire knowledge of structures and movements palpable below the surface and to develop their tactile skills.

The new edition now incorporates educational aids such as full colour photographs and drawings along with access to an online resource containing hundreds of self-assessment questions which gives the student the opportunity to check their knowledge and receive feedback.

Key Features

  • Introductory chapter on the principles and practice of palpation vital to background study
  • Step-by-step guide to identification and palpation of structures
  • Facilitates learning by providing a clear and concise approach
  • Offers basic information on accessory movements

New Features

  • Full colour throughout
  • Enhanced photographs and artwork
  • Self-assessment online via Elsevier’s Evolve Learning Resources - log on to to access:
    • Over 140 drag and drop questions
    • Just under 600 self-answer questions with feedback provided
    • Bank of 250 images
About the author
By Derek Field, Grad Dip Phys, FCSP, DipTP, SRP, Formerly Vice Principal, North London School of Physiotherapy, City University, London, UK and Jane Owen Hutchinson, MA(Ed), MCSP, SRP, Cert Ed, Dip TP, Dip Rehab Counselling, Manager, Allied Health Professions Support Service, Royal National Institute of Blind People, London, UK
Table of Contents

1 Palpation: definition, application and practice
Some definitions and concepts
Palpation: some definitions
General characteristics of palpation
Some general characteristics
The physiology of touch
The social significance of touch
Touch and clinical practice
Effects of palpation on the patient
Patient and person
The consultation process
Techniques of palpation
Improving the art of palpation
Care of the hands
Palpation of different tissues

2 The upper limb
The pectoral region
The clavicle
The upper end of the humerus
The scapula
Functional anatomy
The elbow region
Functional anatomy
The wrist and hand
Anterior, medial and lateral aspects
Posterior aspect
Functional anatomy
Joints of the pectoral girdle
The sternoclavicular joint
The acromioclavicular joint
The shoulder joint
Movements of the head of the humerus
The elbow joint
The radioulnar union
The superior radioulnar joint
The inferior radioulnar joint
The mid radioular union
The wrist (radiocarpal) joint
The hand
The intercarpal joints
The carpometacarpal joints
The intermetacarpal joints
The metacarpophalangeal joints
The interphalangeal joints
The muscles that move the arm
Pectoralis major
Biceps brachii
Latissimus dorsi
The posterior aspect of the scapula
The anterior aspect of the forearm and wrist
The posterior aspect of the forearm and wrist
The anterior aspect of the hand
The posterior aspect of the hand
Important preliminary notes
Branches of the radial and ulnar arteries
Superficial drainage

3 The lower limb
The hip region
The knee region
Anterior aspect
Medial aspect
Lateral aspect
Posterior aspect
The ankle region
The lower end of the tibia
The lower end of the fibula
The talus
Anterior aspect
Posterior aspect
The calcaneus
The foot
Dorsal aspect
Plantar aspect
The sacroiliac joint
The hip joint
The knee joint
Functional anatomy
The tibiofibular union
The superior tibiofibular joint
The inferior tibiofibular joint
The ankle joint
The foot
The talocalcaneal (subtalar) joint
The talocalcaneonavicular joint
The calcaneocuboid joint
The cuboideonavicular joint
The midtarsal joint
The cuneonavicular and intercuneiform joints
The tarsometatarsal joints
The intermetatarsal joints
The metatarsophalangeal joints
The interphalangeal joints
The lateral and anterior aspect of the hip
Gluteus medius, gluteus minimus and tensor fasciae latae
Iliopsoas and pectineus
The posterior aspect of the hip and thigh
Gluteus maximus
The hamstrings
The anterior and medial aspects of the thigh
The adductors and quadriceps femoris
The anterior and lateral aspects of the leg and foot
Peroneus tertius 137
The posterior and plantar aspects of the leg and foot
Triceps surae (calf)
Tibialis posterior
The peronei: peroneus longus and brevis
The plantar muscles
The deep veins
The superficial veins

4 The head and neck
The skull
Superior aspect
Posterior aspect
Anterior aspect
Lateral aspect
The neck
Anterior aspect
Posterior aspect
Lateral aspect
The skull
The temporomandibular joint
The cervical spine
Anterior aspect of the neck
Muscles of facial expression
Muscles of mastication
Muscles of the neck

5 The thorax
The thoracic cage
The sternum
The clavicle and scapula
The vertebrae
The ribs
The thoracic vertebral column
The joints of the anterior end of the ribs
The costochondral joints
The sternocostal (chondrosternal) joints
Joints of the sternum
The anterior aspect of the chest
Pectoralis major
Biceps brachii and coracobrachialis
The posterior aspect of the chest
Levator scapulae, rhomboid major and rhomboid minor
Supraspinatus and infraspinatus
Teres major and latissimus dorsi
Serratus anterior
The diaphragm
Structures within the thoracic cage
The lungs
The fissures of the lungs
The heart
Major arteries
The aorta
The brachiocephalic, left common carotid and left subclavian arteries
Outline of the venous network

6 The abdomen
The thoracic outlet
The pelvic girdle
The lumbar vertebrae
The sacrum
The coccyx
The lumbar spine
The pelvis
The sacroiliac joint
The pubic symphysis
The thoracic nerves
The lumbar plexus
The sacral plexus
Structures within the abdominal cavity
General locations and overview
The liver
The spleen
The pancreas
The gall bladder
The stomach
The duodenum
The small intestine
The caecum
The large intestine (large bowel)
The kidneys
The bladder

7 Conclusion

References and further reading


Book Reviews

"The book starts with a detailed definition of palpation, its application and importance of its use in clinical practice. It has a particular focus on how to improve the art of palpation by giving the reader techniques on how to improve manual dexerity and sensitivity to aid palpation ability...Whilst this book heavily focuses on acquisition of anatomical knowledge through familiarisation of surface markings, it appreciates that palpation skills are developed over many years and that the book is best utilised as an adjunct with other learning methods, reflecting the current diverse trends in academic and clinical practice....Overall this is a very well presented and picture rich book that allows the reader to easily understand surface marking of anatomy and begin to build palpation skills. It is best aimed at studentts or the newly qualified clinician working in Neuro-musculoskeletal practice."

Physical Therapy in Sport, December 2012

Book details
ISBN: 9780702043550
Page Count: 258
Illustrations: Approx. 243 illustrations (243 in full color)
Retail Price: €50.99