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McMinn’s Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 13 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1247
  1. Andrew Fletcher, specialty registrar in anaesthesia, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, Norfolk
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    Originally conceived by R McMinn, emeritus professor of anatomy at the University of London, the Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy was revolutionary from the outset. Seeking to take advantage of recent technical advances in colour photography, McMinn utilised the photographic expertise of Ralph Hutchings, who at that time was working as a photographic technician and the chief medical laboratory officer at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Together they produced the first colour photographic atlas of human anatomy, using dissected human cadaveric specimens obtained mainly from the extensive collection held in the college’s anatomy museum. The atlas was first published …

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