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Book and Media Reviews
January 9/16, 2008

Acland’s DVD Atlas of Human Anatomy

JAMA. 2008;299(2):220-226. doi:10.1001/jama.2007.15

It has been said that “Anatomy is the foundation of medicine.” Such an adage is certainly challengeable in today's medical curricula, given the emphasis on the molecular basis of disease, the use of genetic screening, and interventions using recombinant proteins and gene therapy. Nonetheless, physicians interact first and foremost at the organismal level with their patients, and the dissection of the corporeal embodiment that houses the feelings and emotions of those patients still defines for the public and even for medical students one of the most pivotal experiences of medical education. But in an increasingly crowded curriculum, how does the student of anatomy gain the familiarity with the body that in the not too distant past was acquired by more than 200 hours of dissection?