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Anatomy dissection: RIP?

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 01 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:070287a
  1. Mohammad Heetun, anatomy demonstrator1
  1. 1Department of Immunity and Infection, Medical School, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston B15 2TT

In medical schools throughout the United Kingdom, it wasn't long ago that you could find the next generation of doctors huddled around donated cadavers, learning anatomy through human dissection. Typically, four or five students were dedicated to a body, each dissecting a particular area, sharing and teaching what they saw. The cadavers were fresh and plentiful, kindly donated by ordinary people who wanted to contribute to the future of patient care through education after their death.

Dissection perfectly complemented lectures and bookwork, cementing key concepts such as the location, course, and relationships of structures. Students were left …

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