cadaver

Future Docs
2:35 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Honoring your first patient: a cadaver

Rembrandt's "The Anatomy Lesson"
Credit Public Domain

Medical students and doctors tell me they'll never forget their first cadaver, the body they came to know intimately in their first year anatomy class. I remember Future Docs Sarah Rapoport and Peter Kaminski telling me they felt a kind of reverence for this person who gave the gift of their body. At Brown University's medical school, a handful of students work together on the same cadaver throughout the whole session. They get to know a bit about the life that cadaver led before they encounter it in the lab.

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