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David EM. Thoughts from Gross Anatomy. Ann Intern Med. 1999;131:974-975. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-131-12-199912210-00013
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1999;131(12):974-975.
The words sat so unremarkably on the page: “The cadaver should be transected between T12 and L1.” Straightforward. Direct—like directions for heating a frozen dinner. I had been quite pressed for time that day, as anyone who recalls their first year of medical school will probably appreciate, so I had not read the dissection procedures before coming to lab. I could not believe that such a remarkable event would be presented so unassumingly. I turned to one of my anatomy partners and, pointing to the passage on the rather stained, well-worn page, inquired, “You don't think they actually mean … .”
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