October 23, 2010


I was the first one into gross anatomy lab the other day and so raised up the cadaver out of the tank.  After peeling back the towel, I was struck by how little it resembled a human anymore.  The brain has been removed, as have the heart and lungs.  The ear, both inner and outer, is dissected, the voice box is exposed, and one eye has been removed.  The skull little resembles anything anymore.  The face is gone as are many of the bones that would form the scaffolding causing it to look like a face anymore.  We've chipped, sawed, and cut everything away leaving little but a shell of tissue, muscle and bone, at least from the chest up.

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