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Book and Media Reviews
July 14, 2010

Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine: 1880-1930

JAMA. 2010;304(2):218-220. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.950

Recalling the days of anatomy class in medical school may bring about memories tainted with formalin, the gruesome acts performed, and, in the best case, the occasional anatomical detail internalized and retained through meticulous dissection of a human body part with one's own hands. Such memories are likely to include the fellow students encountered at the dissection table and, certainly not least, the human body, or cadaver: every medical student's first patient.