Looking at Cadavers

Last week I had the pleasure of being able to visit the Anatomy Lab at Tufts New England Medical School with five of my staff members. It was school vacation week so we used the afteroon time to get some real hands-on learning.

This little field trip was courtesy of Dr. Dana Stearns, a friend, and a client and Dr Walid El-Bermani, a highly respected anatomy professor at Tufts New England Medical Center. In 1979 at Springfield College  we did not have the luxury of learning cadaver anatomy so this was a first for me. The best we could do was a cat in those days.

I must admit to being a bit apprehensive. What if I fainted in front of my staff?I was a little worried about embarrassing myself.  However, the fascination with the human body made it all very easy. 

This was easily one of the coolest things I have ever done. Dana and Dr El-Bermani were excellent hosts and excellent teachers. I also learned about the value of “anchors”. The smell of formaldehyde was like the smell of learning to me. I had forgotten how much I had enjoyed anatomy until I walked into that room. Almost thirty years later the smell brought me back to the basement of Alumni Hall and the Anatomy and Physiology class I enjoyed so much. 

This was cool hands-on stuff. We handled every muscle, picked up the sciatic nerve ( so big I thought it was some mysterious muscle) and moved intestines out of the way to feel the psoas and iliacus. I can’t wait until next school vacation to do it again.

2 Responses to “Looking at Cadavers”

  1. COOL!

  2. I think that’s interesting. When I was in law school I once saw a cadaver’s fiberglass coated lung- (a former smoker). The other time was when Len Kravitz showed some slides of cadavers’ core muscles- it really helps to understand. The obliques seem to be like sheets of paper.

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