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A Companion to Manuals of Practical Anatomy

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 30 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1702
  1. Martin Eastwood, retired consultant gastroenterologist ,
  2. Jenny Eastwood, retired consultant psychiatrist
  1. 1North Queensferry, Fife
  1. majeastwood{at}

    For almost 200 years the anatomy dissection room was a rite of passage for any young person studying medicine. Scottish graduates, especially those from the Edinburgh Medical School, dispersed the teaching of anatomy throughout the English speaking world. In the middle years of the 20th century the writings and teachings of E B Jamieson dominated.

    Known affectionately as “Jimmy,” he wrote the Illustrations of Regional Anatomy and the accompanying compact book A Companion to Manuals of Practical Anatomy. They were the inseparable companion of any preclinical medical student and were known respectively as “Jimmy’s plates” and …

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