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APCooper-relief-425x339King’s contributions to the understanding of human anatomy date back to the seventeenth century, with the pioneering work of Thomas Wharton, and extend to the present.

For over 350 years, our anatomists have been at the vanguard of the discipline. They have provided more than 40 years of editorship of the world’s most famous anatomical reference work, Gray’s Anatomy. Today, Emeritus Professor Susan Standring, is Editor-in-Chief of the authoritative textbook.

Students at King’s benefit from teaching resources established in previous centuries, such as the thousands of preserved specimens and 200 wax models on display in the Gordon Museum.

Traditional dissection of cadavers is still an integral part of medical training at King’s and Dr Alistair Hunter, Academic Manager of the Dissection Rooms, has been repeatedly voted best teacher by students in King’s annual Teaching Excellence awards.

For more about the history of medicine at King’s, please see Contributions to Biomedicine.

Pioneers in anatomy

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