A novel method of human cadaver embalming, preparation of museum specimens and colouring of dissected specimens

S. N. Somayaji, S. K. Somayaji, K. G. Mohandas Rao

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Dissection and demonstration of the specimens have high importance in teaching learning process especially in disciplines like human anatomy where it is essential for health science students to have visual experience and understanding of three dimensional relationships of the structures. Properly prepared, coloured and labelled specimens make learning easier for students especially undergraduates. For effective long lasting colouring of the specimens, proper fixation of the specimen using good and effective embalming techniques are equally important for long preservation of specimens. Since, these specimens are used for decades, fungal growth on them is one of the commonly faced problems in the labs and museums. Hence, a revised fixation technique which will prevent the fungal growth is the need of the hour. Keeping these in mind, we are reporting an instant yet long lasting method of embalming, colouring and labelling the structures in a dissected specimen which can be preserved for years in museums or can be used in a dissection hall during teaching learning sessions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1676-1680
Number of pages5
JournalResearch Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 01-09-2016


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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