Hard wooden benches and the smell of formalin dominate my faint recollection of studying anatomy as an undergraduate. Aah but, that was some time ago. Here at Stellenbosch, plans are afoot to overcome that perception and last month I attended the inaugural meeting of the Stellenbosch University Anatomy Society (SUAS).
Elsje-Marie Geldenhuys opened proceedings, characterising the society as a new voyage and then extended the metaphor referring to the "unchartered waters of anatomy".
The department is also hosting a number of weekly lectures and I was privileged enough to be invited. I chose to speak about reclassification of the axilla based on functional anatomy. As it was Friday afternoon, I thought we should have a little fun as well. I then argued that the most clinically used aspect of breast anatomy is nothing to do with underlying structure but size and shape. Utilising the statistics from the American society of plastic surgeon, making the assumption that 20% of the worlds plastic surgery is done in America and using the average price per procedure as quoted on the Internet, I estimated that in 2018 a staggering $30 546 306 750 was spent on 5 plastic surgery breast procedures.
The SU anatomy society is taking us away from wooden benches and the smell of formalin and making anatomy a living subject. Well done to them. If you are interested in joining, please contact them: SUAnatomySociety@gmail.com.