Anatomy word the month: Mons veneris

September 1, 2014 —

AphroditeThe fat pad over the pubic area of females is currently termed the mons pubis (pubic mountain-Latin).  An older term, the mons veneris (the mountain of Venus) referred to the Roman Goddess of Love, also known as Aphrodite in Greek mythology. Venus not only brought the pleasures of love, but also the perils of passion.  She is ruefully remembered in venereal diseases, literally “diseases of love”.


Dr. Dyche was born in New Jersey and trained at Penn State’s Hershey Medical Center before coming to Des Moines in 1976. Over 30 plus years he has taught gross anatomy, embryology and neuroanatomy. He also served in administration as associate dean for basic sciences, dean of the College of Health Sciences, and acting director of the PA program. He was one of the founding instructors of CPR and ACLS at a time when few medical schools offered this training. He retired to Oregon in 2008, then returned to DMU in 2009. Did he miss the tornadoes, the below zero wind chills or the cadavers?

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