Applying this newly found knowledge is valuable to the health profession’s disciplines. Knowing that variation is present in humans allows health care providers to treat individuals that might not fit the so-called norms. Our Human Anatomy course emphasizes the functional aspect of anatomy and, when appropriate, incorporates how variations might affect the function.
Anatomy is often thought to be a stagnant subject, that is, everything there is to know about anatomy has been learned. In actuality, variations and anomalies are discovered quite frequently.