Learning anatomy on cadavers: against
- By: Shahid Mohammed
Some sceptics think that the new trendy medical courses which do not have proper dissection on cadavers mean that you are not a proper medic. It is viewed as a rite of passage thing. Eight students standing around a corpse anticipating the green light to cause mass destruction was what defined us as medical students. We had this exclusive privilege that no other course could confer on its students.
However, the problem with dissection was its didactic nature; students crowding round a cadaver being told which nerve supplies which muscle with little, if any, participation. I was one of the last cohorts of our medical school who did dissection. Those who did help dissect seemed to spend the whole afternoon trying to find one obscure nerve while the rest of us (me included) went straight to the pro sections (only to forget what we learnt the following day). There were