Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy

, Volume 41, Issue 10, pp 1119–1128 | Cite as

The teaching of anatomy in Montpellier University during VIII centuries (1220–2020)

  • François BonnelEmail author
  • Thierry Lavabre-Bertrand
  • Christophe Bonnel
Teaching Anatomy


Since 1220 in Montpellier the human cadaver dissection had been used for the teaching of anatomy. In the first time the anatomy was based on animal knowledge. Vesalius student in Montpellier then in Italy, written the first book on human anatomy. Among teachers some of them made discoveries such as Pecquet on cisterna chyli, Vieussens on brain and hearth. Wax anatomy was used for teaching and Laumonier and B. Delmas presented some very nice pieces. Progressively a lot of anatomical preparations were exposed in a conservatory with 2330 human cadavers’ dissections obtained during a lot of examinations. Anatomy and pathology were developed by Delpech about growing of bones with laws. In 1953 two anatomist surgeons, Rapp and Couinaud, described the segmentation of the liver with using techniques of corrosion. In the conservatory 250 corrosions of the livers are exposed, this is certainly the most numerous in the world and it represents a huge basis for surgery and liver transplantation. Since 1900 the teaching of anatomy continued with blackboard lectures and Human cadavers dissections. Therefore, a new approach of anatomy with computer is going to be used in the future.


Anatomy History Montpellier Museum Patrimony Century 



We would thank Professor F. Duparc for the supervision and aid in this manuscript.

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© Springer-Verlag France SAS, part of Springer Nature 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • François Bonnel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Thierry Lavabre-Bertrand
    • 2
  • Christophe Bonnel
    • 3
  1. 1.Professor Emeritus of AnatomyMontpellierFrance
  2. 2.Professor Emeritus of HistologyMontpellierFrance
  3. 3.Chargé de Mission « Extractor Innovation »Service de Neuro Radiology CHU Montpellier - Hospital Gui de ChauliacMontpellierFrance

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