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Illuminating the art of medicine

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Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. December 2000, Volume 2, Number 12.

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Through the Student's Eyes: "Thoughts on Gross Anatomy"

Eric David, a medical student, reflects on dissecting a cadaver in gross anatomy and the gratitude he feels to those who donated their bodies to science.

"The act of human dissection may very well be the one event that distinguishes physicians from nonphysicians in a very real way," says medical student Eric David in his "Thoughts on Gross Anatomy." As the semester-long course in "gross" draws to a close, Virtual Mentor offers Eric David’s reflection on the violation and mystery that dissection entails. David also expresses gratitude—his own and that of fellow students—for the "profound gift" of those who granted their bodies for medical student use.

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David E. Thoughts on Gross Anatomy. Ann Intern Med. 1999; 131: 974-975.

Virtual Mentor encourages medical students to submit essays recounting events from their educational experience or contemplations evoked by patients, teachers, students, or situations they encounter. E-mail virtualmentor@ama-assn.org for information or with submission attachments. All submissions will be considered by the editorial staff. Publication is not assured.

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