The first Anatomy Theatres emerged at the end of the 16th century. In their function as “temples of mortality”, these provided the interested public with an insight into man’s internal organs that was as informative as it was fascinating.
Nowadays, the conventional atlases of human anatomy are commonly replaced by modern computer-generated images and programmes when it comes to medical training. Such state-of-the-art tools provide a virtual three-dimensional tour of the human body, thus contributing to a deeper understanding of its structure and the way it works.
The images created by these means would be impossible to see using the human eye alone. Just like during any real autopsy visitors can open body parts, remove textures, or - unlike reality - turn over again and again.