For many centuries the science of anatomy has been universally recognized as the foundation for the study of medicine. It is, therefore, evident that the best method of studying and teaching this fundamental subject is a problem of great importance. To anatomy belongs the credit of being the first science to adopt the objective, or laboratory method of study. Anatomists long ago insisted that the only way to gain real knowledge of anatomy is by dissection. The art of dissection has therefore been diligently cultivated for many centuries, and the practical limit of its development was reached nearly one hundred years ago. Indeed, the anatomists of the present day are perhaps inferior in the art of dissection to those of the previous generation. This is undoubtedly due to the increased attention paid in recent years to the related subjects of comparative anatomy and embryology, and to the new world of
JACKSON CM. A METHOD OF TEACHING RELATIONAL ANATOMY. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(12):731–735. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470380001001
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