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Ulutas Med J. 2020; 6(4): 193-198

Background Music: The Missing Stress Antidote in Cadaver Dissection Laboratories

Izuchukwu Azuka Okafor, Jude Amechi Nnaka.


Cadaver Dissection (CD) is a longstanding but indispensable method of teaching human gross anatomy. However, there are several kinds of stress associated with CD which could cause learning difficulties amongst students especially in poor-resource countries where standard CD laboratories are in great shortage. This review highlighted some causes of stress during CD, with a focus on Nigeria as a resource-poor setting. Also, it has proposed background music (BM) as a simple, cheap, and effective alternative that can be used to curb CD-related stress in such settings where cost-effectiveness is prioritized. The possible challenges that may be faced during the incorporation of BM into CD laboratories have also been pointed out, with important recommendations made on how to deal with these challenges.

Key words: Background music, cadaver dissection, stress, medical education, Nigeria

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