More Than a Name: Decolonizing Anatomical History

By Sheryll Poe | September 14, 2022

Black in Anatomy is tackling anatomy’s colonial history, in particular, eponyms with a series on Twitter and in the group’s newsletter. Erin Marie Williams-Hatala of Chatham University is leading the #DecolonizingTheBody series, which seeks to educate and change the terminology used in anatomy. For example, one of the first tweets provides the history of the female reproductive structure named “Bartholin’s gland.” The gland was named after the 17th-century Danish anatomist, Caspar Bartholin the Younger. Instead, modern anatomists prefer to use the term greater vestibular glands.

Follow @BlackinAnatomy or the #DecolonizingTheBody hashtag on Twitter and Instagram or subscribe to the Black in Anatomy newsletter to learn more. 

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