Dissection Simplified is a set of worksheets designed to teach students how to learn anatomy and complete dissections even when an instructor is not available to answer questions. The manual helps students understand how to complete the steps in a dissection using the cat as a model for major body systems.
The language and tone are student-friendly and free of unnecessary technical information, focusing instead on supporting students, and walking them through the process of the lab exercise as they work independently.
Dissection Simplified also addresses common problems students experience when completing dissections, such as finding specific muscles when they are not immediately visible, knowing when a dissection exercise is truly complete, and successfully preparing for examinations on dissection.
Dissection Simplified is an effective companion lab manual to standard anatomy textbooks. It can be used in lower division general human anatomy courses at universities and community colleges. It may also be suitable for high school anatomy classes which use cat dissections to study non-modeled body systems.
Danielle Dodenhoff earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at Ohio State University, Columbus. Dr. Dodenhoff is a lecturer at California State University, Bakersfield where she teaches courses in human anatomy, perspectives in biology, and integrated science. She has written and presented extensively on acoustic signals in various woodpecker species. Dr. Dodenhoff is a member of the American Ornithological Union and the Animal Behavior Society.