Brief history, how is anatomy different than medicine? Wikipedia Why bother? Why important for physicians?
Burking - Knox was the dissector that bought the bodies from Burke
English: The skeleton of William Burke exhibited in the Anatomy Museum of the Edinburgh Medical School. "I am disposed to agree that your sentence shall be put in execution in the usual way, but accompanied with the statutory attendant of the punishment of the crime of murder, viz.- that your body should be publicly dissected and anatomized. And I trust, that if it is ever customary to preserve skeletons, yours will be preserved, in order that posterity may keep in remembrance of your atrocious crimes."
Why dissect?1. Best way to understand the 3D spatial relations of the structures of the body2. Although there are other ways to learn (prosection, plastinated organs), dissection is the gold standard3. Assists in developing manual dexterity skills4. Anatomy means ‘to separate by cutting open’
What makes a gooddissection?1. Not just blindly hacking at tissue2. A working knowledge of underlying structures3. Removing what is extraneous and preserving what is important4. Error on the conservative side
Dissection of humancadavers1315 First recorded public dissection, Italy1543 Vesalius performs several dissections,Dutch1700 Limited dissection in England, ten peryear1752 Murder Act allows bodies of criminals1827 Burke & Hare murders to supply highdemand1832 Anatomy Act allows unclaimed anddonated