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Revista chilena de infectología

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CARDENAS, Julio  y  MORA, Daniela. The cadaverous fever in Chile, death in the anatomical amphitheater. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2018, vol.35, n.5, pp.595-600. ISSN 0716-1018.

Cadaverous infection is a little-known nosological entity that affected the dissectors in the practice and teaching of anatomy, since working on the dissection of cadavers entails risks in relation to the occurrence of sharps injuries that produce infections and even death associated with the manipulation of them. The present investigation is motivated by a story about a student who was injured in the dissemination ward in 1937 at the Institute of Anatomy of the U. of Chile. Historical background is investigated associated to the death of students in the usual practice with cadavers through writings and stories since the beginning of the anatomical teaching in Chile since 1833, identifying the conditioning factors that modify the epidemiology of this condition according to medical advances. Therefore, it is concluded that the designation of a dissector, the use of disinfectants and gloves, as well as the advance in the use of cadaveric preservation products, drastically reduce the biological risk of acquiring an infection known as cadaverous in the permanent contact of the students with cadaverous material for dissection of teacher use.

Palabras clave : Human anatomy; history of anatomy; dissection; cadaverous infection.

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