Medical Gross Anatomy
Cadaver Medical Histories

Go to the Gross lab map to locate a medical history by lab and table number.

The Cadaver Medical Histories Project

In many ways, the cadaver is the first patient you will encounter in your medical training. As such, you can gain valuable insight into the clinical significance of gross anatomy by observing the medical histories of the cadavers you will dissect. The record of pathologies, variations, and surgical procedures found within the cadavers will begin to expose you to the breadth of medical knowledge that you will acquire during your medical training.

By approaching the cadaver as your first patient, you can appreciate the humanity and life once held within the body you now dissect.

Organization of the Medical Histories Database

The medical histories database is divided into 4 pages for each cadaver - Medical Records, Surface Anatomy, Radiology, and Dissection Notes.

Medical Records

Across the top, this page lists the Lab and Table number of the cadaver, the occupation, the age at death, and the primary cause of death. Below, Pathologies and variations and Procedures are listed beside each other. These are summaries taken from the medical records collected after death.

Surface Anatomy

Scars, bruises, and anomalies and variations are listed and depicted on the body forms. These data were collected by visual inspection and palpation of the cadaver.


If radiographs are available, selected images are shown. Click on the thumbnail image to enlarge.

Dissection Notes

As variations, anomalies, and evidence of pathologies or surgical procedures are discovered in the course of dissection, students are expected to enter notes of their observations, so that other students may become aware of any unusual or exemplary anatomy that the cadavers hold. A clear plastic ruler is provided in each table kit. These are to be used to provide accurate measurement of pathologies or anomalies. For example, the dimensions of a cancerous node or mass can be recorded.

Pathology Notes

If you encounter tissue that you would like to have sectioned and examined, please contact Dr. Tom Gest. He will provide you with a specimen vial, and instructions for harvesting your specimen. Dr. Gerald Abrams, Department of Pathology, will have the specimen sectioned, and he will examine the specimen and write up his findings.

Using the Medical Histories Database


The database allows sophisticated searches. Pathologies, variations, and procedures can be located quickly in the Medical Record or Dissection Notes by searching on a term.

Entering Dissection Notes

At the Dissection Notes page, click on "Edit record". You can then enter your notes. For easy viewing, separate your entries with a blank line. Click on "Submit" to close the editor and update your notes.

Security of the Medical Histories Database

The database is password protected and accessible by medical students and anatomy faculty only. All identifying data have been removed, so that annonymity of our donors is assured.


Please report any problems you may encounter with the database to Dr. Raoof. We appreciate your comments, positive or negative. We welcome any suggestions that might make the medical histories database more useful.