From "silent teachers" to models

Roos Eisma (Lead / Corresponding author), Tracey Wilkinson

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    For decades, embalmed cadavers have played an important role in teaching anatomy to the scientists and doctors of the future. Most anatomy departments use a traditional formaldehyde-based embalming method, but formalin embalming makes the bodies very rigid, which limits their usefulness for procedures other than dissection. A more recent embalming method developed by W. Thiel has allowed these "silent teachers" to take on a further role in applied anatomy research and teaching: to act as models for surgical training and medical research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere1001971
    Number of pages5
    JournalPLoS Biology
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2014


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