Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the human body enables EMS providers to better understand patient assessment, disease process, and patient management. Actually being able to see the anatomy aids that understanding. Although we may have learned facts or information, until we see disease processes at work in a cadaver we may not have a thorough understanding of the consequences. For example, we know that a high-fat, high-cholesterol diet causes atherosclerosis, but until we see calcium fragments in the vessels we may not be able to fully integrate that fact into our thinking.
Emergency Medical Services
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