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Ng Jing Kiat

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What happens to a human body after dissection?
« on: 12/01/2011 09:30:02 »
Ng Jing Kiat asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi there Naked Scientists! I've got a question for you.

What is the procedure after the act of dissecting parts of the body, do you burn the remains of the body or keep them for purposes in the future?

Thanks lots!

What do you think?
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What happens to a human body after dissection?
« Reply #1 on: 13/01/2011 04:21:52 »
Assuming you are talking about being used for Gross Anatomy for medical students.

The body gets dissected very deeply.  However, one tries to keep parts cut off an individual with that individual.  The corpse is not made available for viewing after the dissection, and the all the remains will be cremated and returned to the family.

Practices may vary from country to country. 

It might be possible for pathological specimens to be kept, but I believe that is rare.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 13/01/2011 05:08:00 »
So not sitting in a medical student's car so they can drive in the car pool lane ?.  :)
 

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« Reply #3 on: 13/01/2011 05:11:05 »
So not sitting in a medical student's car so they can drive in the car pool lane ?.  :)

Whew.
Have you smelled Formaldehyde?

After a while it permeates into everything.

I don't think I'd want it in my car.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 13/01/2011 13:53:39 »
Couldn't agree with Clifford more.  That smell gets everywhere!  Even wearing two lots of latex gloves you find your hands reek of the stuff.  tends to make your skin soft though according to my sister in law - she claims her hands and nails looked and felt tip top whilst she was in first year med school.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 13/01/2011 14:45:31 »
So not sitting in a medical student's car so they can drive in the car pool lane ?.  :)

Whew.
Have you smelled Formaldehyde?

After a while it permeates into everything.

I don't think I'd want it in my car.


Ugh! yes! It gives me such a headache too!
 

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« Reply #6 on: 14/01/2011 05:52:24 »
[Formaldehyde] gives me such a headache too!

Could be worse ...

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Q.Can formaldehyde cause cancer?

A. Although the short-term health effects of formaldehyde exposure are well known, less is known about its potential long-term health effects. In 1980, laboratory studies showed that exposure to formaldehyde could cause nasal cancer in rats. This finding raised the question of whether formaldehyde exposure could also cause cancer in humans. In 1987, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen under conditions of unusually high or prolonged exposure (1). Since that time, some studies of humans have suggested that formaldehyde exposure is associated with certain types of cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies formaldehyde as a human carcinogen.


Several [National Cancer Institute (US)] surveys of professionals who are potentially exposed to formaldehyde in their work, such as anatomists and embalmers, have suggested that these individuals are at an increased risk of leukemia and brain cancer compared with the general population.
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/formaldehyde
 

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« Reply #7 on: 16/01/2011 12:24:50 »
Hmm, another question came to my mind is. What would happen, if you accidentally make a mistake when dissecting the body? Will the body be disposed or will they give you a new body for dissection?
 

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« Reply #8 on: 16/01/2011 14:20:50 »
Hmm, another question came to my mind is. What would happen, if you accidentally make a mistake when dissecting the body? Will the body be disposed or will they give you a new body for dissection?
You get 1 body for a group of 4.

It isn't surgery.  So, there really aren't any critical mistakes.  Hopefully if you can't find a nerve on one side, you can find it on the other side.  Otherwise there is Netter's atlas to study, as well as potentially talking to a neighbor group.
 

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