November 14, 2010

sex & death

In the basement of the gross anatomy lab, one professor says to another with a bit of a smirk and shrugging his shoulders, "It's pumped up and I can't find the off button."

Only later does it dawn on me what exactly they were referring to.  We were dissecting the genito-anal region that day and it seems one of the donors had a penis pump implanted.  Somebody decided to see if it worked.  In case you're wondering, Mayo Clinic has a rather informative drawing of what it is and how it works.  It's simple, really.  And I can assure you that it definitely works.  After all, if it works on a cadaver, I'm pretty sure it'd work in a living person.  I guess Freud was on to something when he said life is all about "sex and death". 

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