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 SCI 232 - Functional Anatomy

​The course gives an overview of important aspects of the medical and functional anatomy and histology (and sometimes embryology) of the walls and organs of especially the human trunk, including thorax, abdomen, and pelvis. The profoundness and extent of the subjects taught in this course will be at the level of the first and second year of the medical curricula at the Dutch Universities. For more detailed anatomy and histology (and also embryology) the student is referred to textbooks and scientific journals concerning special subjects of anatomy/histology and/or clinical disciplines.

Although the primary concern of anatomy is that of the structure, structure and function should always be considered together. Moreover, by means of surface anatomy, endoscopic anatomy and radiological anatomy, emphasis is placed on the anatomy of the living body. Anatomy can be studied from dissection of dead corpses in the dissecting room (which is included at the end of the course). While this provides a good insight in the structural composition of the dead body, in the medical setting the knowledge about anatomy, obtained in the dissection room, should be extrapolated  by the student to the living body of a patient. During the study of anatomy, the student must develop the skills to look through the skin of a patient, knowing exactly what lies behind. In this context anatomy means living anatomy.


Dr. Ger Rijkers​ 


Life Science / PreMed  


The following course is required to be able to take this course:

  • SCI 131 Introduction to Life ​​Science

Required for

This course is required in order to take the following course:

  • SCI 261 Mechanisms of Disease 
  • SCI 337 Pharmacology

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