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Attitudes to Cadaver Dissection in a Nigerian Medical School

Author(s): A.M. Izunya

Journal: Asian Journal of Medical Sciences
ISSN 2040-8765

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 89;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Attitudes | cadaver dissection | Nigerian medical school | preclinical students

This study was conducted to determine the attitudes of first year preclinical students to cadaverdissection in the study of human anatomy. A pretested questionnaire w ith 18 statements was administered to150 first year preclinical students of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. For each question, the students w ereto choose one of the three possible responses: “yes”, “no” or “undecided”. However, out of the 150 studentsinvolved in the study, 104 (68 males and 36 females) responded correctly to the questionnaire and their answerswere compiled and analysed. Comparatively, the results show ed that 59% of the students found their first visitto the dissetion room exciting. 33% were upset at the beginning of the dissection while 64% were not. 57% didnot show any anxiety and stress immediately before and during dissection, while 36% did. 54% were foundmentally prepared for dissection and 76% agreed that dissection enhanced there thinking skills. 87% agreedthat dissection provided the best method for learning anatomy as 78% agreed that cadaver dissection is ethicallyacceptable. Majority of the students (90%+) considered cadaver dissection as important and indespensible inthe study of human anatomy and 95% reported that they prefer dissection with assistance from their teacher.From the results of the present study, one might confidently infer that cadaver dissection is still consideredimportant and indispensable in the study of human anatomy.
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