So this tall thin professor who looks like someone out of Tales From The Crypt materialises in front of our group and warns us (in the obligatory low, deep funereal voice) that we are about to see a dead body, and that we should not be surprised to note that it doesn't look like a live person. (Duh.) He also tells us that it's okay to faint, and that many medics actually do, and that if we feel unwell we should step outside for some fresh air. (Seriously. I think that every year after the induction session, these demonstrators all keep up the corpse act till the last student leaves, and then burst into laughter as they compare scores on how many freshers they could get to wet their pants.)
One year on, I've seen pretty much all there is to see of a corpse, and I am proud to say that I never fainted or even barfed, though I came pretty damn close one day when I boldly sliced into an intestine and got gunk sprayed all over me. So now as I sit in Cambridge two weeks before term starts and wonder to myself just what the hell I'm doing back so early, my fingers inexorably drift to my keyboard and I go randomly trawling through blogs, if only so that I don't die of boredom and become one of those cadavers lying in the DR.
There I was, randomly browsing through blogs, when I happened to chance upon this. It hasn't been updated in ages, but the date indicates that the writer is in my year. Now we've heard of medics going out at night with demonstrators to the pub, and one event got everybody so drunk that a medic even kissed a demonstrator (there was either a LOT of alcohol, or said medic was very VERY desperate) but what I read here simply stopped me cold. I mean, I've heard there's more than one way to study anatomy, and the cheekier medics will tell you that having a boyfriend/girlfriend is one of them, but sleeping with a DEMONSTRATOR? And at the time that the post was written, this was what our course organiser looked like:
Not exactly Brad Pitt. But hey, there's more than one way to skin a corpse. Or to get good grades in anatomy WITHOUT skinning one. I just hope it was worth it for her. In the meantime, I'm gonna try getting my anatomy knowledge the old-fashioned way. At least the only venereal disease I'm at risk of getting here is carpal tunnel syndrome.