Advances in Health Sciences Education

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 209–215 | Cite as

Anatomy Instruction in Medical Schools: Connecting the Past and the Future

  • Kai-kuen LeungEmail author
  • Kuo-Shyan Lu
  • Tien-Shang Huang
  • Bor-Shen Hsieh


Anatomy curriculum has changed dramatically around the world since the 1960s. These changes include the reduction of course hours, the abandonment of cadaver dissection, the use of problem-based learning, application of other teaching modalities such as prosected specimens, models, radiographic images, computer simulations, and the introduction of humanity and death education. This article discusses the controversies in anatomy curriculum in Western countries, including the rationale for those changes, and the opinions of the objections.

Key words

cadaver dissection education reform gross anatomy medical education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kai-kuen Leung
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kuo-Shyan Lu
    • 2
  • Tien-Shang Huang
    • 3
  • Bor-Shen Hsieh
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineNational Taiwan University Hospital and College of MedicineTaipeiTaiwan, R.O.C
  2. 2.Department of Anatomy and Cell BiologyNational Taiwan University College of MedicineTaiwan, R.O.C
  3. 3.Department of Internal MedicineNational Taiwan University Hospital and College of MedicineTaiwan, R.O.C

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