Anatomical Aspects

  • Harold Ellis


It goes without saying that a detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the part is a vital prerequisite for a surgeon before he undertakes an operation in a particular region. One of the most unpleasant experiences is to watch a so-called surgeon working in the depths of the abdomen or the neck without knowing where he is or where vital structures are located; it is in this situation that terrible disasters may occur. Yet it is a strange symptom of modern medical education that anatomy is denigrated and that time spent in its study is constantly reduced. Even in surgical training programs there is an undoubted move towards curtailment of anatomical teaching. While not denying that a surgeon requires a wide basic education in the course of his training, I would personally feel happier having a surgeon operating upon me who knew the detailed anatomy of the area concerned than one with less anatomical knowledge, but with a profound comprehension of my molecular biology.


Hepatic Vein Lymphatic Drainage Thoracic Duct Porta Hepatis Falciform Ligament 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harold Ellis
    • 1
  1. 1.University of London at the Westminster Medical SchoolLondon, SW1England

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