With this in mind a collection of themed crossword puzzles are here provided to give students yet another, and rather novel way to assist in their learning and retaining human anatomy. The cognitive scientist Marvin Minsky is quoted as saying "You don't understand anything until you learn it more than one way." As a rather non-traditional educational tool in the form of this popular word game students can use these puzzles to quiz themselves in a fun, relaxed yet challenging manner.
The subject matter is organized along the conventional methods of human anatomy instruction, basic body regions and major organ systems as detailed below. The crossword puzzles are intended for use by all and any health science students whose program of study includes human gross anatomy and neuroanatomy as a basis for understanding function and disease.
Each asymmetrical crossword is custom made with selected across and down clues that conform to important anatomic structures, words, and clinical terms and examples pertinent to the various body regions and systems. Generic dictionary words are seldom used. The puzzles are designed and ideally intended to be attempted and completed after the relevant material has been adequately covered in lecture, lab or case studies.
A symmetrical freeform type of crossword puzzles are inherently difficult to solve because words intersect in only a few places and therefore clues lead to answers with few or no additional hints.
To make these puzzles less challenging a bank of answer words that the puzzle solver can draw from is also provided. Additionally, solutions for all puzzles are provided by clicking on the link (Anatomy Themed Crossword Puzzle Solutions).
The puzzles were created by Dr. J. E. Bruni B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Former Professor and Senior Scholar, Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science, University of Manitoba.
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