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Review of temporal bone dissection teaching: how it was, is and will be

  • A P George (a1) and R De (a2)
Abstract
Objective:

We aimed to review the history of anatomical dissection, and to examine how modern educational techniques will change the way temporal bone dissection is taught to otolaryngology trainees.

Method:

Review of the literature using Medline, Embase and PubMed database searches.

Results:

Temporal bone anatomy has traditionally been taught using cadaveric specimens. However, resources such as three-dimensional reconstructed models and ‘virtual reality’ temporal bone simulators have a place in educating the otolaryngology trainee.

Conclusion:

We should encourage the use of fresh frozen cadaveric temporal bone specimens for future otologists. Artificial three-dimensional models and virtual reality temporal bone simulators can be used to educate junior trainees, thus conserving the scarce resource of cadaveric bones.

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Address for correspondence: Mr Ajith P George, 17 Moreton Place, Scholar Green, Cheshire ST7 3LZ, UK. E-mail: georgea288@aol.com
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