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Filler Christmas 2013: Food for Thought

Back to school anatomy: just add Plasticine

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 17 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6924

Re: Back to school anatomy: just add Plasticine

Dear Editors

In the age of the "modern progressive" medical school education where certain medical students can go through training to be a doctor without so much as to touch a corpse, much less to dissect a cadaver, I applaud any helpful measures to improve teaching in human anatomy.

While I am sure there are plastic anatomical models available for teaching, the plasticine offers an more colourful and interactive method of anatomical education along with body painting (for surface anatomy, that is).

The students still do have to be wary of oil staining on clothes for certain brand of plasticine though they would never have to worry as much as handling fragile and century-old wax models in my medical school days at the University of Sydney last century.

May I also direct keen young anatomy students to anatomical software by Primal ( a UK based company I believe), which is also extremely helpful to orthopaedic trainees as well.

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 January 2014
Shyan Goh
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Sydney, Australia