Anatomy of the thoracic wall, pulmonary cavities, and mediastinum

Mark S. Cook, Kenneth P. Roberts, Anthony J. Weinhaus

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This chapter will review the anatomy of the mediastinum and pulmonary cavities within the thorax and their contents. The wall of the thorax and its associated muscles, nerves, and vessels will be covered in relationship to respiration. The surface anatomical landmarks that designate deeper anatomical structures and sites of access and auscultation will be reviewed. The goal of this chapter is to provide a complete picture of the thorax and its contents, with detailed anatomic descriptions of thoracic structures excluding the heart.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Cardiac Anatomy, Physiology, and Devices
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781588294432
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005


  • Anterior mediastinum
  • Cardiac anatomy
  • Lungs
  • Middle mediastinum
  • Plura
  • Posterior mediastinum
  • Superior mediastinum
  • Thoracic wall
  • Thorax


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