The History and Use of Cadavers Essay

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The History and Use of Human Cadavers
Ryne Diamond
Grand Canyon University

For the past two-hundred years, dissection of the human cadaver has been the gold standard for teaching aspiring medical professionals the networking and layout of the human body. Surprisingly, cadaver usage has had a rather curious history. The use of a human cadaver dates back to 300 B.C. with the Greek physician and father of anatomy, Herophilos, who is noted as being the first person to dissect a human cadaver (Korf & Wicht, 2004). Herophilos’ anatomical discoveries were no small matter. Because of his dissections, we know that the brain is center of the nervous system and where its ventricles lie. We also know where the route taken by sinuses of the
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The most common use of cadavers remains dissection in an anatomy lab.
Interestingly enough, even with the proper resources available and most bodies being donated to anatomy labs, most schools still do not rely on the propitious use of cadavers. When weighing the pros and cons of cadaver use, it’s a wonder that most schools don’t utilize this great tool. By allowing students to have the opportunity to dissect cadavers, you are giving them the tactile advantage of discerning the relative size and shape of various structures within the human body. They will be able to confidently know a muscle’s orientation, thickness, and direction of its fibers, as well as a having a sagacious knack for the layering of various muscles. All of this from first-hand experience. When a student is exposed to the body as a whole, they will see it as a fine-tuned machine made up of complex systems, rather than as a sequestered gall bladder in a jar. In addition to all of the aforementioned benefits, by giving a student the opportunity to work in a cadaver lab, you are giving them a more memorable and interactive learning experience. Students who are able to cut into and handle the various structures of the human body acquire a palpable knowledge that a computer program or book simply cannot replicate. These are the students who

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