U Medical School Anatomists Publish Dissection Guide for Medical, Dental Students

U Medical School Anatomists Publish Dissection Guide for Medical, Dental Students

Mar 7, 2004 5:00 PM

A trio of experts in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine has written a dissection guide for students in the health professions and advanced anatomy.

Dissection Guide for Human Anatomy, which will be sold worldwide, was published in January 2004 by Churchill Livingstone. The press is an imprint of Elsevier, the noted medical textbook publisher that will release the forthcoming 39th edition of Gray's Anatomy.

Authors are David A. Morton, Ph.D., instructor in neurobiology and anatomy whose work on the project served as his doctoral dissertation; Kerry D. Peterson, L.F.P., director of the U medical school's Body Donor Program; and Kurt H. Albertine, Ph.D., director of the school's human gross anatomy course.

Four years in the making, the guide was prepared with input from three classes of freshman medical students and dental students enrolled in gross anatomy at the U of U medical school.

The guide is designed for efficiency and ease-of-use by students enrolled in busy medical school programs, where the continuing explosion of clinical knowledge has necessitated a reduction in time allocated to some basic science courses. It takes students step-by-step through 35 different labs as they learn the structures of the back and thorax; abdomen, pelvis and perineum; neck and head; and limbs.

Each lab begins with a table that identifies structures to be dissected, their function, innervation and adjacent anatomical parts.

Spiral bound with a horizontal format, the 466-page guide is designed to stay open and in place on dissection tables. It allows easy viewing of two pages simultaneously, each containing text and simple black-and-white line drawings with red dashed lines indicating where students should make dissection cuts.

Before every lab session, students can plan their work by visiting a companion web site that presents cadaver dissection photos and outlines.

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