Monday, February 1, 2010

Dissection images on Facebook?

John Warner forwarded an intriguing article by Jill Laster in the Chronicle of Higher Education discussing the use of Facebook to share images from the dissection lab. As with photos created by medical students a century ago, some are not so flattering to the judgment of students, or to the dignity of the cadaver. The article explores many of the issues that John Warner and I addressed in Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine, 1880-1930 (Blast Books, 2009). Ms. Laster references the book directly and quotes John, and features an image from the Dittrick’s collection of dissection images. Nice to see the book finding relevance in this discussion, even as anatomy and dissection wane in the medical school curriculum...

Jim Edmonson

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