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Professor Paints 'Anatomical Man' on Actual Man: PHOTOS


Australian lecturer Claudia Diaz has been teaching human anatomy for over 20 years, and after seeing the boredom that rote memorization of the human musculoskeletal system imparted on her students, she decided to try something a bit more hands-on. Diaz introduced what she calls the "anatomical man," a student who sits patiently while other anatomy students paint directly on his body the muscles, tendons, and bones that would be visible underneath his skin.

The RMIT University lecturer says that the project has inspired and motivated her students since she introduced it in 2010, and that it has helped her students shed their inhibitions about their bodies and studying human anatomy. It probably doesn't hurt when the subject is an attractive young man in a thong, either.

See the finished product, AFTER THE JUMP...

More photos at Beautiful Decay...

Anatomical man

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  1. This was done in HELLRAISER (1987). Next!

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Aug 27, 2013 7:38:00 PM

  2. Wow anatomical man has a nice package!

    Posted by: Jerry | Aug 27, 2013 7:40:45 PM

  3. Easier on the eyes than Slim Goodbody ...

    Posted by: jctsf | Aug 27, 2013 8:00:18 PM

  4. He's got a purdy mouth.

    Posted by: David | Aug 27, 2013 8:40:58 PM

  5. I'd like to "paint" that lil bugger, myself!

    Posted by: MoJo | Aug 27, 2013 8:42:23 PM

  6. There is a reason we have skin...

    Posted by: jarago | Aug 27, 2013 8:43:48 PM


    Posted by: ruby | Aug 27, 2013 8:56:36 PM

  8. Smart teacher. She should teach teaching, too.

    Posted by: Kyle M. Sullivan | Aug 27, 2013 10:12:22 PM

  9. This is not a new concept.
    John Cody, M.D. published "Visualizing Muscles: A New Ecorché Approach to Surface Anatomy" in 1991 (University of Kansas Press). With 9 full-color and 215 black-and-white photos, it is a remarkable piece of work.

    Posted by: rroberts | Aug 27, 2013 10:34:35 PM

  10. Attack on Titan anyone?

    Posted by: SUPER DEREK! | Aug 27, 2013 10:40:05 PM

  11. wish our anatomy professor had been so innovative

    Posted by: Sean Westmann | Aug 27, 2013 10:52:58 PM

  12. Did they shave his body and head?

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Aug 27, 2013 11:39:18 PM

  13. That must tickle like a mutha...

    Posted by: TomTallis | Aug 27, 2013 11:44:45 PM

  14. The area around the thong doesn't appear anatomically correct to me.

    Posted by: AdamK | Aug 28, 2013 8:13:58 AM

  15. Wouldn't it be fun to help him wash all that off in the shower? Volunteers anyone?

    Posted by: Kris | Aug 28, 2013 8:32:33 AM

  16. Very innovative!!

    Posted by: Ankerich | Aug 28, 2013 9:22:54 AM

  17. I have to admire the self-restraint of those painting students. Can you imagine painting on that ass and not being allowed to dive in??

    Posted by: hugo | Aug 28, 2013 9:32:39 AM

  18. The article says that the model is also one of the students. I wonder if the class got to vote on who they would paint. :-)

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Aug 28, 2013 12:40:27 PM

  19. Sydney uni, UNSW and numerous others do this as well. Its a traditional part of one of the medical conferences.

    Posted by: thrutch | Aug 28, 2013 4:05:34 PM

  20. why is anatomy ALWAYS shown as a man? don't women have muscles & tendons?

    Posted by: djinni | Aug 28, 2013 5:15:46 PM

  21. Gunther von Hagens' Anatomy and Autopsy TV series used some hot male and female models. Sometimes they drew on them, but often it was a projection.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 28, 2013 5:25:43 PM

  22. Australia doesn't have a university in the top 10. Or top 25, or top 30 even. The US, UK and Canada all have many. I (honestly) wonder why.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Oct 7, 2013 11:06:52 PM

  23. fantastic !!

    Posted by: darryl | Nov 2, 2013 9:52:00 AM

  24. Here is a video and explanation of the steps and rationale:

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 26, 2013 3:55:40 PM

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