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- Author or Editor: N. Scott Urquhart x
Formally, anatomy deals with both the actual and conceptual isolation of various parts and systems of an organism for the purpose of describing its parts, their positions, relations, structures, and functions. Although you may associate memorization with anatomy, it really serves to structure our thinking about an organism. In fact, the human mind seems to understand a complex situation or structure by first subdividing it into components, then studying each component and finally relating the components. Reflect for a minute: we do this as teachers, researchers, and students. It seems reasonable, even though perhaps not formally correct, to describe the dissection of a study into its parts, their examination, and their relations as the anatomy of a study. I plan for the following anatomy to focus your attention on general structures without particular concern for occasional difficulties and degeneracies.