Lessons in Anatomy


Gray's Anatomy, published in 1858, quickly became a kind of bible for medical students in their quest to learn about human anatomy. It a served as a companion to medical students as they entered the dissection room and began to dissect the cadavers preserved in formaldehyde.

With the benefit of modern technology and computer simulations, is dissection and leafing through the hundreds of detailed pages of Gray's Anatomy the best way for students to learn about anatomy?

In this edition of Discovery, Dr Ruth Richardson, author of The Making of Mr Gray's Anatomy, reflects on the lasting importance of this magnificent book. She talks to surgeons, anatomists and students as they dissect the cadavers in lessons about anatomy.

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First broadcast 10 December 2008
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