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March 1981

A Guide to Dissection in Gross Anatomy

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New Haven, Conn

Arch Surg. 1981;116(3):372. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380150090033

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No instructor in an introductory course in gross anatomy approaches his task without a tentative plan in mind for the progressive presentation of the complex structures that make up the human body. This small guide by a distinguished author provides an ideal perspective.

Even now, I remember as a beginning student, as an advanced student, as a fledgling surgeon, and as a doctoral candidate teaching anatomy with McCotter's as my guide. McCotter's brief listing of structures was confusing because at the time all the conventional textbooks were system oriented. Dr Woodburne's guide is pleasantly more detailed yet succinct and, what is more important, closely parallels the regional presentation of structure in his textbook. Thus, the guide and the textbook make an unexcelled combination with which the student can work and learn more efficiently.

In this day of modern medical education, when gross anatomy has been relegated to a small niche

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