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What it’s like to work with a dead body
 

What it’s like to work with a dead body

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Medical students recall their experience of being faced with a cadaver for the first time. It’s a rite of passage, they acknowledge and the nerves don’t take long to settle once they discover the wonders of the human body.
 
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6 Sep 2016 - General
 
In the medical school that I used to study in, students would indeed say a prayer before working on the cadavers, as a form of respect. Instead of calling them cadavers, we also called them silent mentors, as they taught us a multitude of knowledge on anatomy. Medical students are often jittery on their first cadaver experience but they get used to it after awhile. One should learn to respect these silent mentors, and it has come as a shock to me that in Stony Brook University Medical Centre, a ...
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Jennifer Winter Marinelle Castro Maria Cristina Inserto On the topic of smell of formalin, I honestly feel that it was more traumatic than the cadaver experience haha You guys forgot to mention that formalin stench was also on the atlas of anatomy b...
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Marinelle Castro ah yes the extra hours in the lab to study for practicals. Sometimes we would request for special entry into the college on Sundays but I hardly showed up for that. haha I did love anatomy and dissecting the cadaver though. " I just think that it won't replace the tactile experience that a cadaveric study can offer."- there we go the tactile experience. That was the term I was looki...
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Oooh, I have one very vivid memory of my cadaver days! It was our Gastro Anatomy practical Exam, and our professor had 5 cadavers with strings attached to a specific part, with papers attached on the other side of the string for questions. We had to use our dominant hand for writing and the the hand (with gloves) for locating the structures with strings). I was so "into" my exam that I realized in the middle that my exam paper was becoming greasy, and I realized with horror that I was ...
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Maria Cristina Inserto Jennifer Winter Oh I remember the smell of formalin. Its so horrible that I think it sticks at the back of my throat. Nevertheless I had to bear with it because I really wanted to study anatomy. I remember that we have practicals every now and then, which accounts for the bulk of our grade, so we have to sp...
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Ya bone assembling. Good times. We started out as 82 and graduated with around 64 but only 57 or so from the original class. My highest in the boards was pathology..strangely haha. Well despite missing out on an opportunity to deal with cadavers Maria Cristina Inserto you did well in general anatomy anyway. So there were debates on the need for cadaver use for studying and there are a lot of mixed opinions on whe...
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Maria Cristina Inserto: Ya that smell is just horrible. The first day was adjustment period and your nose eventually in a way gets used to it. Then you would need to wash the cadavers again with the formalin and its the first day all over again. We would eat in the anatomy lab room though and it didn't affect our appetite but our eyes and nose would suffer. We had one cadaver for 5-6 people. One cadaver each w...
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My cadaver experience was fine. Back in undergrad during our "University Day" celebration the college of medicine would have an open house of the anatomy lab where they would show us the cadavers and point out the parts to us. When I got to medical school the idea that we were going to deal with a dead body didn't really bother me. Seeing as the one's interviewed were from Philippine medical schools, we also had the same experience of having to pray over our cadavers before we ...
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I still remember how much I got scared of a cadaver at a medical exhibition held at a medical faculty in Sri Lanka. That was years before I entered medical college. In the very first year we had to do dissections and study along withe parts of dead bodies. On first few days it was really really disgusting to be in there in the specimen room with a feet distance from body parts on the table. On the first day two of us got fainted inside the specimen room. But I must say few weeks later the story ...
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I never got to work with a cadaver. My older dentist uncle, got to during his time, but it was long stopped before I even got to Pre-Dentistry. I was looking forward to it--not excited that I want to experience it, I wanted to know what I'd feel, and now I may never will. When we asked why cadaver use were stopped in Dentistry rumours spread that a student opened the bag and saw her missing mom. We were shocked. Years later we realized that's probably cadaver urban legend, did that story...
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