Anatomy, Human dissection, Medical education


Introduction: It is known that practical classes with a corpse awaken different feelings among students and it is common to observe behaviors of fear, disgust at the touch, anxiety, euphoria and/or deep respect. Records of corpse manipulations predate the sec. III a. Even so old, the dissected human body is still the most extraordinary, most complete and most complex resource among the tools currently used in teaching anatomy. Despite this, the use of cadavers in practical classes has been gradually replaced by other resources such as artificial models, even in medical graduation courses, raising discussions and calling into question the quality of training for new professionals. Objective: to analyze differences in the perception and quality of use of human anatomy content by students with and without the use of human cadavers in medical curricula. Methods: This study is a descriptive research, of the Integrative Literature Review (RIL) type. The search resulted in 21 articles, of which 10 articles form the corpus of this review. Results and Conclusion: Like a tree that bears sweet fruit, human dissection is always being stoned even by those who delight in its knowledge and secrets. Its importance surpassed fear, taboos, superstitions, dogmas, laws and time. It is indeed the basis of anatomical knowledge, resisting all adversities over time and remaining as the foundation of the training of health professionals from the most different segments.


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Marcos Antonio Jerônimo Costa , Universidade Estadual da Paraíba (UEPB), João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brasil

Universidade Estadual da Paraíba, (UEPB). CEP: 58071-160. João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brasil

Sergio Eduardo Jerônimo Costa, Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB), Pós-graduação em Enfermagem (PPGENF), Departamento de Enfermagem, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brasil

Universidade Federal da Paraíba. Enfermeiro. Mestrando do Curso de Pós-graduação em Enfermagem (PPGENF-UFPB). Departamento de Enfermagem da Universidade Federal da Paraíba – UFPB. CEP 58051-900, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brasil

Janyeliton Alencar de Oliveira, Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB), João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brasil

Mestre em Educação Física pelo Programa Associado de Pós-graduação em Educação Física PAPGEF -(UFPB), João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brasil

Felipe Eduardo da Silva Sobral, Centro Universitário Maurício de Nassal - UNINASSAU, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brasil

Médico Veterinário. Mestre em Sistema Agrosilvipastoril no Semi-Árido pela Universidade Federal de Campina Grande. Docente do Centro Universitário Maurício de Nassal - UNINASSAU. Departamento de Medicina Veterinária. CEP: 58030-000. João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brasil

Gil Dutra Furtado, COOPAGRO - Cooperativa de Servidores Técnicos do Agronegócio, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brasil

Médico Veterinário, Engenheiro Agrônomo e Psicopedagogo. Doutor em Psicobiologia (na área de comportamento). Pós Doutor em Manejo e Conservação de Meio Ambiente. Associado da COOPAGRO (Cooperativa de Agronegócio); LABEA (Laboratório de Ecologia Aquática); Clinico Geral na Empresa PET FARMA, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brasil

Catarina Maria Andrade Figueiredo Guimarães Maia, Centro Universitário (UNIESP), Cabedelo, Paraíba, Brasil

Doutora em Terapia Intensiva do Instituto SOBRATI – SP. Docente do Centro Universitário (UNIESP). CEP 58109-303. Cabedelo, Paraíba, Brasil.


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Antonio Jerônimo Costa , M., Eduardo Jerônimo Costa, S., Alencar de Oliveira, J., Eduardo da Silva Sobral, F., Dutra Furtado, G., & Maria Andrade Figueiredo Guimarães Maia, C. (2023). THE USE OF CADAVERS IN HUMAN ANATOMY CLASSES. TRADITIONAL METHOD, OUTDATED OR INDISPENSABLE?. Environmental Smoke, 6(3), 23–31.



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