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April 15, 1998

Anatomy LabFirst Cut: A Season in the Human Anatomy Lab

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1998;279(15):1221-1222. doi:10.1001/jama.279.15.1221

Presently recognized both morally and legally as essential, the surgical dissection of human remains in the training of physicians and other health care professionals inevitably congers up ill-conceived perceptions. The practice is replete with notions of mystery, distaste, and secretiveness, owing largely to ignorance and a sensationalized history of grave robbing, an antiquated practice of public dissection of convicted criminals, and historical accounts of medical students having to garnish their own subjects. It is refreshing to read a book that tells the story as it is today.

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