The historical importance of the hand in advancing the study of human anatomy.J Hand Surg Am. 2005 Mar; 30(2):209-21.JH
Anatomy is often considered the foundation of medical science and is basic to the education of health professionals. This report will attempt to summarize the history of anatomy from antiquity to modern times. In addition it will highlight the historical importance of the upper extremity and its relationship to the development of human anatomy as a recognized medical science.