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Quotable Quotes in Anatomy

"The teacher must not confuse Information with Education, otherwise the student may become a well-taught but wholly unlearning individual."

S.E. Whitnall, 1933 Advice on learning anatomy

"Gentlemen, damn the sphenoid bone!"

Oliver Wendell Homes (1809-1894) Opening anatomy lecture at Harvard Medical School

"LEARN THE BIG THINGS RATHER THAN THE DETAILS; this is a generalisation that holds good throughout the realm of medicine, and I advise you to evaporate your knowledge not to dryness but to a servicable bulk. Larger structures, as a rule, are far more important than smaller ones, and moreover will act as guides or 'rallying-points' in calling the latter to mind."

S.E. Whitnall, 1933 Advice on learning anatomy

"Doctors without anatomy are like moles. They work in the dark and the work of their hands are mounds." Tiedemann: Heidelberg ,1781-1861

"You will have to learn many tedious things.............. which you will forget the moment you have passed your final examination, but in anatomy it is better to have learned and lost than never to have learned at all.."

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Advice to first-year medical students.

"As regards lectures, the custom of systematic lectures in anatomy has largely been abandoned, chiefly because the modern extensive and crowded curriculum does not permit of the time being so given at the expense of practical work in the laboratory."

S.E. Whitnall, 1933 Advice on learning anatomy

"Begin your anatomy with a man fully grown; then show him elderly and less muscular; then go on to strip him stage by stage right down to the bones. And you should afterward make the child so as to show the womb."

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

"But chieflye the anatomye Ye oughte to understande; if ye will cure well anye thinge, That ye doe take in hande......

Withoute the knowldege of wyche arte, Thou canste not cohse but erre; In all that thou shalte goe aboute Thy knowledge to preferre.......

He is no true chirurgien That cannot shewe by arte The natureof evrye member, Eche from other aparte.

For in that noble handye worke, There tothe nothinge excell, The knowledge of anatomye, If it be learned well."

John Halle (1529-1568)

"The kingly crowned head, the vigilant eye, the counsellor heart, the arm our soldier, our steed the leg, the tongue our trumpeter."

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

quot;The primary duty of the University to a student is to provide him with such instructors as will make him realise that the responsibility for progress is his own and no one else's."

S.E. Whitnall, 1933 Advice on learning anatomy



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Atlas of Human Anatomy 6th edition completely revised and updated  

Visible Human cross sections ( NEW ): Great Site For disection Work
Visible Human cross sections ( old ): Same as the one above, But will not support Java 
Learn 'Em: A new way to learn Anatomy 
Welcome to the LUMEN Histology: Huge list of Histology slides 
The Bone Box: Lots of Bones to pick 
LUMEN's Master Muscle List: See what happens when you have no muscles!  
The Whole Brain Atlas: Great Place To Get Some Brains 
The Visible Human Project: It is creating a complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the male and female human body. 
American Medical Association
The Heart: An Online Exploration: Great Information On the Heart 
The Heart: Preview Gallery: Great Site For The Heart 
Layman's View on Brain Chemistry: If the doors of perception were cleansed the world would appear to man as it is.....infinite. - William Blake 1793 
The Sheep Brain Dissection Guide: Welcome to the Sheep Brain Dissection Guide by The University of Scranton Behavioral Neuroscience Lab.


"Make the notes your own. Draw them out right after lecture, and then draw them out again later."

"Find a study group and study (with your notes) IN THE LAB. Discuss, make a game of it, whatever!"

"STAY IN THE LAB; Dissect out as much as you can. Don't allow yourself the excuse "we couldn't find that". YES YOU CAN. Once you dissect something out for yourself, it's yours, you won't forget it."

"The schedule has you in the lab 3 hours most days. That is not enough. STAY IN THE LAB."

"Use texts as references."

"This is one of the few opportunities you'll have to practice and learn on a cadaver. STAY IN THE LAB."

"If you have difficulties/misunderstandings with lab partners, DISCUSS THEM. These are your partners for the duration of the course, settle disagreements early so that this will be an enjoyable experience for all."

"You are going to use this information for the rest of your career, so remember to look at the big picture. You are learning this information so you can practice as a physician/nurse. You are not learning this information to pass an exam."

"Be encouraged! This course is doable."

David Wrenne
Redding, CA


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