The body on disc

Hands on: The section on the funciton of hands [sic] on the new learning CD, an@tomedia

Squeezing the entire human body onto a 12-centimetre silver disc has given the biology courses at Melbourne University new depth.

The university's department of anatomy and cell biology has developed a CD-ROM called an@tomedia, which "takes apart" a virtual body and incorprates text and learning resources for after-hours dissection by students.

The disc works on the Macintosh and PC platforms, and its developers expect it to reduce the need for real dissections and tutorial times in the revamped medical course at Melbourne.

Eight "modules" are planned, covering the head, neck, back, upper and lower limbs, abdomen, pelvis and thorax.

The Age
Tuesday 3 August 1999