The Book Stiff : The Curious Lives Of Human Cadavers

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While reading the book Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, by Mary Roach it opened my eyes and showed me that human cadavers are used for so many things in this world. By me reading this book it enlightened me on the many different ways cadavers can be used. In Each chapter I learned something new that I did not know before hand or expect. Do you ever wonder how surgeons can decapitate heads and just be on their marry way? That was a huge question I had and in chapter one Roach gets right down to the bottom of it. While she attended a facial anatomy and face lift refresher course, where she watched surgeons decapitate heads. While she was there she asked this woman named Theresa how she coped. I found it interesting that the only way she could cope with the idea was to think that they were wax heads. I learned that objectification is the coping mechanism that allows surgeons to dissect. This allows for the emotional distance they need to do their job. Lastly, I found it curious to know that the hands and the head are the hardest places for doctors, which I could see why. () In chapter two it goes into dignity and lack of dignity for human cadavers. I really liked that when Roach went to the memorial service for the unnamed cadavers of UCSF Medical school class of 2004 gross anatomy lab that they were very respectful and even singing for the cadaver. To me this is big because they were once alive and they deserve respect. They did donate their body to science to make a difference. I don’t like that over the last decade they have pushed to instill the importance of the cadavers to the students. I think they should have gotten on this back at the very beginning. () The topic of human decay is discussed in chapter three.... ... middle of paper ... ...ed for soft tissue visibility in a single cadaver for 28 weeks after they embalmed it. Second, they tested for the displacement of tissues in response to 1 and 5 ml interscalene and femoral nerve blocks in a single cadaver. Lastly, they studied the stiffness of nerves and perineural tissue in two cadavers. () The results from the study showed that there was no difference in visibility of nerves between 2 and 28 weeks after they were embalmed. For the tissue displacement it was similar for the femoral and the interscalene blocks. Lastly, according to the 1 and 5 ml injections volumes the cadaver had a higher intraneural than extraneural stiffness. From this study they concluded that the Thiel cadaver is a durable simulator. It shows great physical and functional properties, and this allows for repeated injections for ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia training. ()

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