Human Cadavers - page 3

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I almost passed out from excitement today when my A&P teacher said we'd have an optional opportunity to explore a flash frozen human cadaver!! I thought I'd only experience this if I chose medical school! Anyways, I am obviously... Read More


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    Quote from amoLucia
    Years ago for nsg school, I attended an autopsy with my class. Nothing participatory, just observational, but it was an awesome experience.

    Two things still stick out vividly - 1) the size, shape, color of the liver; and 2) a black, sticky chewing gum-like substance in the lungs (tar & nicotine? pt was a smoker.
    I've been thinking about how different it will be to see things that, thus far, I've only seen pictures of. It'll be a great reward to get to actually interact with what I've been working so hard to learn.
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    I did human dissections in undergrad (I was a sophomore). There were three others on my dissection team, but they were lazy and I ended up doing most of the dissections myself. We did ALL the dissections except for those that required a bone saw (hemi-sections, skull cap, spinal column, etc.) The cadavers were all recently deceased (within the last 6 months), so they were all pretty fresh. It was the hardest class I've ever taken, but probably the one I learned the most in. Not only do you get a good understanding of the structures, but most of the cadavers had died of some sort of disease. Things like atherosclerosis didn't mean a thing to me until I was able to crunch someones aorta under my fingers, and I never really understood how BAD smoking was until a set of lungs left greasy, tarry black slime all over my gloves. It's truly an experience that you'll never forget.
    I will say, the worst thing about human cadaver dissection is the smell. The embalming fluid they use clings to your skin and hair and seeps into your pores. My roommate hated, she said I came home smelling like a corpse everyday.
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    To OP cass1320 - TY. You've validated my observation of the lung secretion that I noted so many years ago. I was smoking at the time and I believe that observation helped to contribute to my decision to quit.

    To anyone else out there, I would absolutely recommend any opportunity/chance to participate/observe first-hand the wonders of the body human. Such a learning experience that rarely can be duplicated by other means.
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    Quote from cass1320
    I will say, the worst thing about human cadaver dissection is the smell. The embalming fluid they use clings to your skin and hair and seeps into your pores. My roommate hated, she said I came home smelling like a corpse everyday.
    No chemical smell! Theres no embalming fluid in the cadavers we will be using from what I understand. something about the method they use to preserve them.


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