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Department of
Cell Systems & Anatomy

Enrichment Electives Course Descriptions


ELEC 5022 History of Anatomy
Course Director:
Charleen M. Moore,Ph.D.


This course is also offered as a First Year Medical School Enrichment Elective:
This History of Anatomy course is designed to acquaint medical, dental and graduate students with the history of medicine and especially with the physicians and scientists who made essential discoveries in human anatomy. Using a biographical approach, the course is presented as a seminar with lectures, assigned readings and student presentations.


Topics Covered in History of Anatomy (ELEC 5022 & CSBL 5015):

  • Preservation of the Human Body
  • The Egyptians and the Greeks prior to Galen
  • Hippocrates
  • Galen
  • The Middle Ages and the Renaissance
  • Vesalius and His Followers
  • Seventeenth Century
  • Eighteenth Century
  • Nineteenth Century
  • Anatomy in America
  • The History of Anatomical Illustration


One of the highlights of this course is a visit to the P.I. Nixon Medical History Library collection in the UTHSCSA Briscoe Library. The library has an extensive collection of rare medical books, including classics such as a first edition of Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica published in 1543. During this visit, the library staff makes many richly illustrated texts available to the students that document the development of anatomical illustration.


Courses in the History of Anatomy are offered for:

  • First Year Medical Students (ELEC 5022),
  • Graduate Students (CSBL 5015)
    Click here to view History of Anatomy Photo Gallery of Visit to P.I. Nixon Medical History Library.