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History of the Department

Years of dedication

At Dalhousie’s Department of Medical Neuroscience, we’re proud of our long history, committed faculty and the impact that we’ve had on our community. Our story begins with the founding of Dalhousie Medical School in 1868, just one year after Confederation.

The university itself was only 50 years old when a number of local doctors established the school and began training young men to become physicians. Not long after, Nova Scotia passed its first Anatomy Act, providing the appropriate legislation for the use of human bodies for dissection in the medical school. That legislation made it possible for our students to study anatomy in a way they’d never been able to before.

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