The blackboard anatomistBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h345 (Published 10 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h345
- Anna Harris, postdoctoral researcher, Maastricht University, PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, Netherlands
Since the early 19th century blackboard teaching has been an important practice in medical schools, building on the work of celebrated artistic anatomists such as London’s Charles Bell.1 I was lucky enough to be taught by another great blackboard anatomist, Peter Lisowski. As first year medical students at the University of Tasmania we would enter his lectures with only a blank blackboard in front of us—no printouts or PowerPoint slides. In a shaking but precise hand he would start to draw, …
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