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Interested in seeing a dissection of the lower limb

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by pod2013, Jun 16, 2015.

  1. pod2013

    pod2013 Member

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    I am a podiatry student in my second year I am interested in seeing a dissection of the lower limb as I feel it would help my anatomy skills (aspects such as insertion, bones, tendons and ligaments). I am based in London but am willing to travel.
  2. DaveJames

    DaveJames Active Member

  3. Rob Kidd

    Rob Kidd Well-Known Member

    Dave, for what it is worth - this is my opinion. While all time in anatomy is well spent, the actual dissection process is not really a huge gain. I have taught anatomy for 35 years and feel that access to well dissected - ie prosected limbs is of more benefit. It takes weeks to dissect a limb completely - and this time could be better spent examining and learning from available specimens. Note I use the plural - one cannot learn it all from one specimen. Dissection is rather like a forensic crime scene - one destroys it as one investigates, if you see what I mean. By way of example - to look inside a hip joint requires the destruction of the musculature surrounding it. Rob
  4. DaveJames

    DaveJames Active Member

    Cheers Rob,

    I've only attended the one course at Vesalius, which was last year, and they used prosected samples. My experience with dissection is limited, and I would completely agree with your crime scene analogy.

    Kind regards,

  5. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member

    I'd go along with Rob and Dave's comments, plus you have to learn the skills to dissect as you go along. Better to use those who already have those skills to present prosected specimens to you. Having said that, your enthusiasm is appreciated and viewing/analysing prostected specimens is far, far better than learning purely from a book (McMinn is excellent). Should you wish to become a podiatric surgeon later on in your career, then I certainly recommend cadaver dissection, which is not popular in all quarters in the UK.

    Bill Liggins
  6. Ideology

    Ideology Active Member

    I did upper and lower limb dissection at Uni and whilst it was very interesting its not something that forms much of my anatomy knowledge. The main memory I have if of the smell of formalin. I can smell that crap form 2km away still.
  7. Rob Kidd

    Rob Kidd Well-Known Member

    I love the name, by the way. I mean, at the risk of being patronising, how many know that Versalius was one the two fathers of modern anatomy. Others above have advised on texts. They are a bit like Pubs: "there is no such thing as a bad pub, only good pubs and better pubs". However, three resources I do not leave home without. 1) Keith Moore, in whatever generation we are now; 2) Chris Dean and (the late) John Peggington - their atrilogy of "cut the crap, this will get you through, books". (Chris is a mate of mine). 3) Frank Netter - anatomy atlas. I am assured this is true. Frank was 18 in 1924 in NY. He said to his Ma: " I want to be an artist". She said - the way that mothers do: "You are going to be a Doctor". He spent his post medicine life as a medical artist for the big drugs companies. His art work is unparalleled. The CD ROM which comes with his book is the single most anatomical resource I have used for well over a decade.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2015

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