The Musculoskeletal System





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The musculoskeletal system is composed of osseous (bone) tissue and muscle tissue. Both are essential parts of the complex structure that is the body. The skeletal system has a major role in the total structure of the body, but bones and joints alone cannot produce movement. Together, skeletal tissue and muscle tissue are important parts of the functioning of the body as a whole.

Subcourse Components:

The subcourse instructional material consists of the following:


Lesson 1, Diseases and Disorders of the Musculoskeletal System.

Lesson 2, Diseases and Disorders of the Feet.

Study Suggestions:

Here are some suggestions that may be helpful to you in completing this subcourse:

--Read and study each lesson carefully.

--Complete the subcourse lesson by lesson. After completing each lesson, work the exercises at the end of the lesson, marking your answers in this booklet.

--After completing each set of lesson exercises, compare your answers with those on the solution sheet that follows the exercises. If you have answered an exercise incorrectly, check the reference cited after the answer on the solution sheet to determine why your response was not the correct one.

Credit Awarded:

Students who desire credit hours for this correspondence subcourse must meet eligibility requirements and must enroll through the Nonresident Instruction Branch of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S).

Examination Answer Sheets and Student Comment Forms are available by downloading the original correspondence course manual and printing the forms from it. The manual is available here.

To receive credit hours, you must be officially enrolled and complete an examination furnished by the Nonresident Instruction Branch at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Upon successful completion of the examination for this subcourse, you will be awarded 6 credit hours.

You can enroll by going to the web site and enrolling under "Self Development" (School Code 555).

A listing of correspondence courses and subcourses available through the Nonresident Instruction Section is found in Chapter 4 of DA Pamphlet 350-59, Army Correspondence Course Program Catalog. The DA PAM is available at the following website: .


There are many excellent references dealing with the musculoskeletal system.Here are two very good references commonly available in most libraries.

Caroline, N. L. Emerqency Care in the Streets. (5th Ed.), Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 1995.

Memmler, R. The Human Body in Health and Disease. (8th Ed.), Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott: 1995.




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