Anatomy teaching: ghosts of the past, present and future

  title={Anatomy teaching: ghosts of the past, present and future},
  author={John C McLachlan and Debra Patten},
  journal={Medical Education},
‘Ghost of the Future,’ he exclaimed, ‘I fear you more than any spectre I have seen. But as I know your purpose is to do me good, and as I hope to live to be another man from what I was, I am prepared to bear you company, and do it with a thankful heart. Will you not speak to me?’ Ebenezer Scrooge (Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol) 
Dissecting the future: A critical review of anatomy's past, present, and future following the carnegie foundation's call for medical education reform
By looking at anatomy's past and present, anatomists can acquire an overview of where the profession has been and where it now needs to go to meet the needs of 21st century medical education. This
What lies beneath: the in living anatomy teaching
The use of one resource in particular, the VH Dissector, Pro edition (VHD), is explored and an interactive and lively anatomy teaching session is developed which delivers some powerful learning opportunities for both students and staff.
Teaching of anatomy in the new millennium.
Somerset Maugham is well known for his literary skills as a best-selling author. But many may not know that he studied medicine and qualified as a surgeon at St Thomas’s Hospital, London. It is no
The Birth, Death, and Renaissance (?) of Dissection: A Critique of Anatomy Teaching With-or Without-the Human Body.
  • A. Marom
  • Medicine
    Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
  • 2019
The author contends that the introduction of medical imaging into the diagnostic process has resulted in a shift in the focus of the clinical gaze from the body to its medical image, and that this process is mirrored in anatomy by its discarding of the cadaver.
Flesh Revealed: Medicine, Art and Anatomy
Anatomy’s place as the Senior Service discipline in medical education was secured by the terms of the Anatomy Act of 1832, which provided a legal and secure supply of corpses for dissection.
The dissection course - a psychological burden or an opportunity to teach core medical competencies: A narrative review of the literature
Historically, dissecting a human body has been a major component of learning anatomy. During recent decades, constraints on financial and human resources have led to profound and universal reductions
The Penetrating Gaze and the Decline of the Autopsy.
Responding to the need for more attention to informed consent for autopsies should take priority over efforts to increase the autopsy rate, and it can also be seen as an opportunity to improve autopsy and autopsy consent practices.
Training tomorrow's anatomists today: A partnership approach
Early indications suggest that initiatives such as the development of this Training Program will help deliver the next generation of anatomists and ensure that anatomy continues to play a fundamental role in the education of clinicians, healthcare professionals, and scientists.
The Role of History and Ethics of Anatomy in Medical Education
Anatomical education can provide not only the opportunity of gaining awareness of ethical questions, but also a chance to practice these new insights within the protected environment of the laboratories, in interaction with the dead and the living.
Singapore's anatomical future: Quo Vadis?
This review examines the context of how human anatomy is taught nowadays and discovered that there are certain discernable trends consistently observable between the American and British systems.


Human anatomy: A foundation for education about death and dying in medicine
A case is made for including education on death and dying in medical schools, specifically its early introduction in the anatomy course, because studies indicate that whereas dissection of cadavers is an exciting discovery for most students, for many it is traumatic and if not addressed, students may use depersonalization and denial as their approach to suffering.
Preclinical student reactions to dissection, death, and dying
  • J. Nnodim
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Clinical anatomy
  • 1996
The objective of the present study was to determine the reactions of preclinical medical students to dissection; cognate issues. A questionnaire was administered to a class of 148 students: the
Embedding the humanities into medical education
A recent publication, The Healing Environment, offers practical examples of how the humanities may be applied within health care, including the therapeutic effects of better architectural design in hospitals, community art projects, the use of literature in developing empathic practice, and theUse of poetry as therapy.
Experiences with learning about death and dying in the undergraduate anatomy curriculum.
Discussions about death, dying, and dissection during the first-year curriculum were initiated at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to deal with personal questions and emotions evoked by
Anatomy 1999–2000: the curriculum, who teaches it and how?
The impact of Tomorrow's Doctors 1 on anatomical teaching in the UK and Ireland and on the four main anatomical disciplines of gross anatomy, histology, embryology and neuroanatomy is reviewed.
Does ‘doing art’ inform students' learning of anatomy?
It was clear that art fostered an appreciation for individual experience and feeling, as well as an insight into cultural stereotypes surrounding attractiveness, nakedness and sexuality, which appeared to inform students’ main contention that art had improved their capacity to ‘observe critically’.
The first patient: Reflections and stories about the anatomy cadaver
Dissecting a human cadaver is an important step in the professionalization of medical students, but its transformative aspects (e.g., the potential to teach detached concern, empathy, compassion, and
The anatomy of the clinical examination
The organization of the course is explained; it is hoped that this course will be of interest to other anatomists involved in the training of medical students.
Quidne Mortui Vivos Docent? The Evolving Purpose of Human Dissection in Medical Education
  • G. Dyer, M. Thorndike
  • Medicine
    Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
  • 2000
The authors suggest that although anatomy is scientifically in decline, dissection is currently enjoying a revival as a vehicle for teaching humanist values in medical school.