International Journal of Anatomy and Research

Welcome to International Journal of Anatomy and Research




Type of Article : Original Research

Year: 2015 | Volume 3 | Issue 2 | Page No. 1165-1167

Date of Publication: 30-06-2015



Latha V. Prabhu 1, Mangala M. Pai *2, Divya Premchandran 3, Rajanigandha Vadgaonkar 4, Murlimanju B.V 5.

1Professor of Anatomy, *2,4 Associate Professor 3 PG in Anatomy, 5 Assistant Professor.
Department of Anatomy, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Centre for Basic Sciences, Bejai, Mangalore, Karnataka, India.

Address: Dr. Mangala M. Pai, Associate professor, Department of Anatomy Centre for Basic Science, KMC, Bejai, Mangalore 575004, Karnataka, India.


Introduction: In today’s medical educational programs in various institutes anatomy is an essential part of the curriculum in the first year of the medical course. An attractive and innovative anatomical museum forms a vital role in furthering the interest and educating a medical student. Once a specimen has undergone fixation it is essential to color and label the specimens in order to ensure better visualization of required structures and for its proper placement in the museum.
Materials and methods: We have utilized a novel method of using commercially available nail polish as a coloring agent and as a part of the labeling of museum specimens.
Results: Nail polish being non- toxic and readily available can be used without causing any complications. Discussion: Commercially available nail polish is cost effective and non-toxic. Its various usages are described along with the techniques of labeling done in our anatomy museum.
KEY WORDS: Coloring, Labeling, Nail Polish, Proxy labeling.


  1. Hannaway C, La Berge A. 1998. Paris Medicine: Perspectives Past and Present, in Constructing Paris Medicine, eds. C. Hannaway and A. LaBarge, Amsterdam, Rodopi. 1-70.
  2. Stelmackowich C. The Instructive Corpse: Dissection, Anatomical Specimen Illustration in early nineteenth century Medical Education, Spontaneous Generations: A journal for the History and Philosophical Science 2012;6(1):50-64.
  3. Culling CFA, Allison RT, Barr WT. 1985. Cellular Pathology Technique 4ed, London, United Kingdom, Butterworth and Co. p 523-24.
  4. Toedt John, Koza Darrell, and Cleef-Toedt Kathleen Van. 2005. Chemical Composition Of Everyday Products. Greenwood Publishing Group p 49.
  5. Saunders M, Rice AH. 1944. A practical technique for preserving surgical and anatomical dissections. J Bone Joint Surg Am 26:185-88.
  6. Pulvertaft R.J.V.  Museum techniques: a review. J Clin Pathol 1950;3:1 1-23 doi:10.1136/jcp.3.1.1


Latha V. Prabhu, Mangala M. Pai, Divya Premchandran, Rajanigandha Vadgaonkar, Murlimanju B.V. A NOVEL METHOD FOR COLORING AND LABELING SPECIMENS IN THE ANATOMY MUSEUM. Int J Anat Res 2015;3(2):1165-1167. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2015.192




Volume 1 (2013)

Volume 2 (2014)

Volume 3 (2015)

Submit Manuscript