Dissections of head and neck are more difficult to perform and comprehend due to the complex interrelationships between various structures. Also, the space available in each dissection is relatively small.
The section starts with a brief outline of the surface landmarks and dermatomes. This is followed by the skeletal topography of the skull and cervical vertebra. The skull as a whole is presented in different views - frontal, occipital, lateral superior and basal. In addition, there is a chapter on the bony interior of the cranial cavity. Dissections include face and scalp, orbit, infratemporal fossa, salivary glands, nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses, pharynx and oral cavity.
The topics include:
1. Surface landmarks and dermatomes of head and neck
2. Frontal, lateral, superior, posterior and basal (base) views of skull
3. Floor of cranial fossa
4. The mandible and hyoid bones
5. Muscles, blood vessels, and nerves of face and scalp
6. Salivary glands: Primarily the parotid and submandibular glands
7. Infratemporal fossa