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Book and Media Reviews
May 9, 2012

Thieme Dissector

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (mulhergw@umdnj.ed).

JAMA. 2012;307(18):1978-1979. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.4481

The last 5 years have seen a large increase in the number and available formats of gross anatomy dissectors. This staple of the dissection laboratory has been transformed by its adaptation to electronic media. Electronic dissectors are more student friendly and offer enhancements such as interactivity, high-resolution graphics, video, and search capabilities that print media simply cannot match. Nevertheless, even in electronic format most of the current dissectors still constrain the user to the dissection methodology of the author. As medical school curricula continue to evolve and move away from classic gross anatomy courses to systems-based and other approaches, the need for flexibility and the ability to customize content is becoming more important.