The purpose of this guide is to present the rat anatomy and dissection in a clear, step-by-step manner in order to make the learning experience meaningful and effective. Because rat anatomy is often studied compared to the anatomy of humans, this book includes comparisons to human anatomy that are provided in italics. Important terms of rat anatomy are introduced in bold face type, which serves to emphasize them.
Going beyond the visual investigation of charts, models, lists of terms, and lectures, dissection engages the student to examine real structures using the additional sense of touch. This practical approach has the potential for opening up new dimensions of learning if it is taught properly, with reverence and respect for life.
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Bruce Wingerd has been teaching anatomy and related courses since 1980. He has written numerous textbooks, lab manuals, dissection guides, and multimedia resources in comparative mammalian anatomy, human anatomy, anatomy and physiology, histology, and medical terminology.