Another week in the cadaver lab, another week of horrifying and fascinating experiences! I can now say that I am trained in the art of circumcision and can rest easy knowing that if this Biomedical Visualization thing doesn’t work out, I’ll just become a mohel. This week’s lab could have been subcategorized as “Genital Mutilation 101,” and went as follows: In addition to skinning a penis, I surgically freed testes from a scrotum and examined the ductus deferens. Add vasectomy to my list of new skills. I then bisected said penis and got to see all the internal wonders of man’s oldest chum. Corpus cavernosum, spongiosum, urethra, glans – everyone was there at the most uncomfortable, terrifying party of the year. The whole ordeal left me feeling quite verklemmt. And as bad as that all was for me personally, the equally brutal dissection of the female cadaver next door left no stone unturned in the realm of indescribable experiences. As fascinating as it all was, there is no tactful or polite way to bring up the topic of genital and reproductive organ dissection. In polite conversation, there is no way to interject with “speaking of flayed penises…” There is no non sequitur to get you where you need to be in order to tell friends, coworkers, loved ones about what you did that day. So you write a blog instead.
...Add amputation to the list too - this was an informative week! After the crash course in neutering, we proceeded on to our next task: hemisection of the pelvis. We brought out every surgeon’s most trusted and favored tool yet again – the 22” crosscut handsaw, $24.79. Shop smart. Shop S-Mart…Ya got that?! When the oscillating bone saw just won’t do the trick, sometimes you need to go back to your roots, pick up your dear ol' pa's woodsaw, and get a-cuttin’. The sacrum ended up being quite a chore, far more work than sawing through a human head, let me just tell you! Freeing the leg was a necessary move in order to get to the sacral plexus. If we’re being honest, I’m just glad that our cadaver is getting whittled down to more manageable pieces. At the beginning of the semester, flipping Fezzik over required a small village.
Aside from the dissection, our drawing assignment this week has been pretty awesome. In 3 separate layers, we have to illustrate a human figure, an anatomically accurate skeleton, and then properly place several organs within the illustration using anatomical planes and landmarks as our guides. It’s been a pretty involved project, but quite informative and fun. I’ll try to give an update on that project in the next blog. In the meantime, our last assignment was to draw a human heart, which has been the most enjoyable assignment so far! I'll leave it here if you want to take a gander...
Until next time!