I guess I was really lucky to dissect a real cadaver in my Anatomy class. I went to a community college, where a local university give us cadavers. There were 6 cadavers, and we actually have to dissect them with tools. The body wasn't yet dissected, and we were the first students in the lab to dissect the body. The formaldehyde bothered my eyes very much, and I had to wear goggles. The smell was horrifying! I was so nervous at first, but after that experience it wasn't too bad. I looked at it as a learnig experience. The head of the cadaver was covered, so we didn't see the face at all which makes it a lot easier. The dental program in the community college I took the class decapitates the head, and after the cadaver is done, they bring it back to the local university that gave it to us, and have the families of the cadavers come to the cremation event. I'm very thankful to those cadavers that donated their bodies to science.
Our professor also took us the the county coroner's office, and we actually watched a live autopsy really up close in the same room without looking outside a glass window. I guess the dissection up close prepared us to watch a live autopsy.