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Human anatomy, physiology and biochemistry are complementary basic medical sciences, which are generally taught to medical students in their first year at medical school. Human anatomy can be taught regionally or systemically; that is, respectively, studying anatomy by bodily regions such as the head and chest, or studying by specific systems, such as the nervous or respiratory systems. The major anatomy textbook, Gray's Anatomy, has recently been reorganized from a systems format to a regional format, in line with modern teaching methods.

- Adapted from Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia

  1. Describe the difference between regional and systematic anatomy.
  2. Which teaching method is preferred in medical education today:  regional or systematic.
  3. Consider two topics found in medical anatomy courses: (1) The Brain, and (2) The Central Nervous System. Which favors the regional approach? The systematic approach?

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