The philosophy and ethics of anatomy teaching

Erich Brenner, Diogo Pais

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Philosophical and ethical considerations in anatomical education involve a variety of issues. This chapter tries to address some of these. Anatomical education must be valid and relevant in terms of general educational objectives. In order to go beyond the rote memorization of facts, anatomical education must include functional and clinical relevance. Furthermore, anatomical education should provide not only knowledge, but also skills and attitudes. These attitudes can be fostered by the involvement of anatomy in medical humanities. Furthermore, there are three main items to be dwelled upon: sex/gender, population/ethnicity, and age. Finally, anatomical education should address also cadaver-related ethics, comprising sociological issues including the nature of donation, and dealing with death amongst students and staff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-360
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Anatomy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Age
  • Basic educational philosophy
  • Donation
  • Ethics of anatomy
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Medical humanities
  • Skills and attitudes
  • Sociology


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