Anatomy teaching: ghosts of the past, present and future
Article first published online: 17 FEB 2006
Volume 40, Issue 3, pages 243–253, March 2006
How to Cite
McLachlan, J. C. and Patten, D. (2006), Anatomy teaching: ghosts of the past, present and future. Medical Education, 40: 243–253. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2929.2006.02401.x
- Issue published online: 17 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 17 FEB 2006
- Received 9 September 2005; editorial comments to authors 24 October 2005; accepted for publication 9 December 2005
- 17th century;
- 18th century;
- 19th century;
- 20th century
Introduction Anatomy teaching has perhaps the longest history of any component of formalised medical education. In this article we briefly consider the history of dissection, but also review the neglected topic of the history of the use of living anatomy.
Current debates The current debates about the advantages and disadvantages of cadavers, prosection versus dissection, and the use of living anatomy and radiology instead of cadavers are discussed.
The future Future prospects are considered, along with some of the factors that might inhibit change.