As we have seen in previous chapters the conventional picture of anatomy is that of dead bodies lying moribund in dissecting rooms or of body parts and organs in bottles on shelves in anatomy museums. This is the world of medical education, and it is a world that has cast a powerful spell over generations of medical students in particular. Dissecting cadavers has been core business for aspiring doctors, and of course it was the need to obtain bodies that moulded the history of anatomy in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.