The study of human anatomy really comes to life in the anatomy laboratory. Here is where students get hands-on experience with human cadavers and bones, classroom models, preserved and fresh animal organs, and histology slides of human tissues. Many students are at a loss when it comes to knowing how to proceed in the anatomy laboratory.
They are given numerous lists of structures to identify and histology slides to view, but comparatively little direction as to how to recognize structures or how to relate what they encounter in the laboratory to the material presented in lecture. In addition, most laboratory manuals on the market contain little more than material repeated from anatomy textbooks, which provides no real benefit to a student. All of these things lead to student frustration and take away from the joy that comes from discovering the beauty of the human body through touch, observation, and dissection. This laboratory manual is designed to be a user-friendly manual to the human anatomy laboratory that addresses just such issues.