Last week, we saw our first cadavers in Anatomy lab.. it was pretty awesome. It was a very strange experience actually. We weren't actually dissecting yet, just going over surface anatomy and we could touch if we wanted to (of course I did!). We are lucky because the cadavers are from UCSF Medical Center, and we get 6 every semester, and some schools have the same ones for years. If this makes you uncomfortable, you don't have to keep reading
The first cadaver we looked at was a 90 year old woman who died of septic shock. She also had breast cancer and a scar on each knee, but our teacher does not know what they are from. The man was 61 and died of some kind of stomach cancer. Their heads, hands, and feet were covered. The smell was not at all as bad as I expected...it was not pleasant, but it was completely bearable. Is it bad that I am excited to dissect a human but dreading dissecting a cat? Is that normal or twisted?