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21. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

I agree (stress relief) and I truly don't have a problem with what someone does with my body after I'm dead. I felt someone could use my organs for transplant and the rest, they can do what they want with it.

Surgical techniques have always been practiced on either human or animal models. Now, the use of computers and video is moving the teaching away from that. The animal rights activists have played a big role in that. (I will leave that as my only comment about the activists.)

I applaud you for your donation. It will help someone gain new knowledge.

22. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

The bodies I got to 'practice' on...have been used by my school for 22 and 27 years respectively. The utter disregard by most toward a lifeless human body is what bothers me. I am not talking about nervousness here....hard to describe, but in my working at nursing homes and hospitals for the past 10 years...I know it is not isolated incidents. And on top of all that...(at least in the US)..a medical school pays 10,000 usd for a body...WHO gets this money? I haven't a clue...and the fact that my school doesn't want to pay that for a body..is why they have been using the same two for over 2 decades. My concern is, who is getting this money...it certainly isn't the familys....sorry, I don't mean to preach...it just isn't for me.

23. Posted by Kapuchok (Full Member 101 posts) 11y

I preferred to be cremated.. and the my ash would be led by the sea or for a landscape!!

24. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

you have to cut the cadaver thousand times - before doing it on a life person.

Depth, angle and speed of your scalpel has to be perfect - you can't learn that skills from the multimedia devices, your body and hands will be shaking like a gelatine.

25. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Not in the US. You do not have to cut X-number of times...
Read it, see it, do it. That is how we do it here. And in residency....See it, Do it, Teach it.

26. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

that's because schools don't won't to fork out $10k.

btw: how can I sell my body to your college (half price) - payment in advance appreciated

27. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

My school won't shell out the money. But in Medical school every student (or at most every two students) gets their own body. My point is the way a lifeless body is treated. And yes, I know I will be dead...but if I just donate my oragns (which I can't) I know my body would be immeadiately given to my family after havesting for the disposal of my choice.

28. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

During one of my postions as Director of Research at a major university in Chicago, one of my "jobs" was to teach surgical and intubation techniques to med students. There were no "1000s of times" before the students were unleashed on the world.

There's also only so much you can do with a 20 yr. old cadaver that has been used for that long.

29. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

what, major medical school hasn't got cadavers to train students properly?

and why not vivisection - of cource I am against cosmetic/beauty tests

30. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

what, major medical school hasn't got cadavers to train students properly?

and why not vivisection - of cource I am against cosmetic/beauty tests