The Secret Language of Anatomy
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The Secret Language of Anatomy

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The team behind this book were brought together by their connection to a single, remarkable place: the dissection facilities of the Human Anatomy Teaching Group at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge. Here, anatomy is taught through human cadaveric dissection and applied anatomy sessions to first and second year medical students. Today's undergraduates benefit from a rich heritage of anatomical teaching and learning in Cambridge. 2016 marks the 300th anniversary of the establishment of the first Anatomical School at the University, whilst dissection within the Cambridge colleges dates back to the first half of the sixteenth century. Cambridge is one of a decreasing number of medical schools where undergraduates learn anatomy primarily through hands-on dissection. Our programme would not be possible without the unparalleled generosity of those who donate their bodies for anatomical teaching and research. Students' experiences of dissection remain with them throughout their medical careers, shaping their interactions with patients.Not only do they acquire a detailed understanding of the structure of the human body along with anatomical variations, but a dissection-based teaching programme also encourages the development of other key professional skills such as respect and empathy, teamwork and communication, haptic discrimination and manual dexterity.
This book is therefore both a tribute both to the remarkable altruism of our donors to whom we are indebted, and to the significant difference that good anatomical knowledge makes to patient care. This book was originally conceived to help students navigate the perplexing language of anatomy, especially for those who have not previously studied Latin or Greek. However, we quickly realised the potential of an illustrated guide as an aid for all students learning the structure and function of the human body, as well as its likely appeal to a wider public. Together, the authors bring to the project a range of expertise in fields encompassing surgery, history, linguistics, medical illustration and, of course, human anatomy.
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  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 12mm | 408.23g
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • two colour
  • 1905367791
  • 9781905367795
  • 30,030

About Emily Evans

Cecilia Brassett was a medical student and anatomy demonstrator at the University of Cambridge, and, as the current University Clinical Anatomist, is responsible for organising the anatomy teaching programme. She initially qualified as a general surgeon, then resigned and trained in field linguistics to work among an ethnic minority group in China for some years before returning to the UK. She is also a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Emily Evans is an anatomist, medical artist, author and publisher. Alongside running her business in anatomical art from her studio in London, Emily is also a senior demonstrator of anatomy at the University of Cambridge. Additionally, Emily is the author of Anatomy in Black, owner of Anatomy Boutique and creative director at imprint publishing house Anatomy Boutique Books. She guest writes for Street Anatomy and Morbid Anatomy and regularly writes and gives talks about the use of anatomy in contemporary art practice. She is a member of the Medical Artists' Association of Great Britain, the Anatomical Society and the Institute of Anatomical Sciences. Isla Fay joined the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience in 2016, having previously worked as an historical researcher, and in the funeral industry. She is the author of books and articles on the subjects of osteoarchaeology of the medieval period, and of environmental health and hygiene in the Tudor age. For checking the text, our grateful thanks are due to Nick Jardine, Emeritus Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. Any remaining errors are strictly the responsibility of the authors.
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