Anatomy dissection: RIP?
- By: Mohammad Heetun
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 with an excellent grasp of anatomy, a knowledge base that would stay because they had actually seen it. It also provided an unrivalled perspective into the sheer complexity and beauty of the human body.
Given the testimonies of many students who have benefited from dissection, you would expect to find it as a