November 2015
Bodies Wanted—Anatomy and the Dissection Debate (lecture free with Cleveland Museum of Natural History admission)
Discussion Partner: Richard Drake, PhD, Editor Grey’s Anatomy, Cleveland Clinic College of Medicine
Exhibition: World’s Largest Dinosaur ($7)
Where: Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Wednesday, Nov 4th, 7:00 PM

In 1543, Andreas Vesalius published Fabric of the Human Body, one of the first modern anatomies, and simultaneously ushered in a new era of dissection as requisite practice for physicians. By the 18th and 19th centuries, the popularity of gross anatomy led to a shortage of…supplies. “Resurrection men” robbed graves and sold the bodies to anatomists and students, and the infamous Burke and Hare murdered 16 people to increase their trade in cadavers. By the early 20th century, dissection could be considered a “rite of passage,” and one that is peculiarly well documented in photographs. This talk will give a short history of dissection’s genesis, ending with questions for how, and when, and if it is practiced today. Are we “running out of bodies,” as a recent headline suggested? Or will we no longer need them, replacing cadavers with synthetic models? Have we heard the death knell of gross anatomy, or is the practice merely changing? Discussant Richard Drake, PhD and author of Gray’s Anatomy for Students, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, joins us as we open the discussion to the public. Join the Conversation…and register online or email TODAY! (Space is limited).

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