Dissection!

United States
June 23, 2011 9:37am CST
Well this morning when I woke up...got a shower....at breakfast....then drove to school. I did not realize that in Anatomy & Physiology part 2 we were going to dissect a sheep brain! My oh My was I in for some surprising. I am taking this course in the summer so everything is compressed. Well today in class we did what would normally be 1 class of information and teaching fundamentals. But since it is summer we were doing two. So after we talked about histology of the nervous system my professor pulls out a bucket and says get your dissection tools we are dissecting a brain today! So we got into groups and dissected the brain to identify about 20 parts on it we had to learn. After that the teacher told us to dispose of the sheep brain in what looked like a huge roasting pan. He said who in here is a vegetarian? No one raised their hand. He said good because at the end of the semester I will cook soup for a celebration of everyone graduating out of this class! Hey at least the teacher has a sense of humor......or does he? Have you ever dissected anything and if so what was it and how did you feel about it?
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• United States
23 Jun 11
Wow, I don't have the stomach for that, I could never dissect anything. I remember back in high school we had to dissect a frog, I literally pucked all over. I once considered a medical degree, but I don't think I could do it, I think that is probably why I went to Business/Accounting. It was bad enough dissecting a frog, but a sheep. Yeah, apparently the teacher definitely has a sense of humor...
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• United States
23 Jun 11
A sheep brain lol but yes I know what you mean well next week it is going to be a human brain and I already had to point out things on a cadaver. Talk about creepy
• United States
27 Jun 11
Yuck!!! Good thing I didn't go into the medical field, dissecting is not for me especially a sheep or human brain. It sounds interesting, don't take me wrong, but I see blood and I want to throw-up I just might pass out in the middle of class during the dissection. I wish you the best of luck, with your human brain and cadaver. LOL!!! And yes it is definitely creepy!!!
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• United States
27 Jun 11
Well they drain all the parts so there is no blood when you dissect. If there was blood it would be harder to see what exactly you are dissecting so they drain it and embalm it.
@Rick1950 (1565)
• Lima, Peru
23 Jun 11
Well after reading your post, I believe you are studying to be a doctor, for this reason are you having this kind of practice. I think you need to have great character to it, because many can't bear it. I haven't had such a lessons beacuse I'm an illustrator, but it would be a good idea to make drawings from those objects. Here where we are some people from the mountains like to eat cow head soup. Probably tastes it good. By the way I wish you enjoy deliciously your brain soup. :)
• United States
23 Jun 11
No actually close but I am studying to be a nurse. We have a cadaver lab as well so we have to identify things on those as well. I am actually use to smelling embalming fluid.
@Rick1950 (1565)
• Lima, Peru
23 Jun 11
I see that you will become a good nurse by the way you're educating. Does smell good embalming fluid?
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• United States
24 Jun 11
It is a weird sour smell. It causes headaches in people the first time in there but then your senses get use to it.
@owlwings (39740)
• Cambridge, England
23 Jun 11
I never did Biology, so I was spared dissecting anything myself (and I probably didn't take biology BECAUSE of an experience with a rabbit - which was for the pot - which I watched being skinned and dismembered when I was VERY little). I remember, however, being quite fascinated by dissected and labelled specimens of frogs and worms when the school had Open Days ... and by the smell of formalin which pervaded the Biology labs. I think that, today, I would have no problem with just a brain (especially if I was being taught to locate the various parts). In fact, I would very likely be fascinated. Dissecting the whole body of an animal would cause me problems unless I could think of it as just meat to be eaten. Brains, as a meat is actually very nutritious and much prized in some cultures as 'the best bit' (mostly because of the association with 'knowledge' and 'cunning'. I couldn't eat it on its own though I think I have eaten it - and very much enjoyed it - disguised as haggis and f@ggots ... there's another stupid word that MyLot doesn't allow us to use!
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@owlwings (39740)
• Cambridge, England
23 Jun 11
Just in case those food items are unfamiliar to you, haggis is a kind of meat loaf or large sausage made from the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep, together with onion, oatmeal, stock, salt, and pepper and boiled for three hours in the stomach of the sheep. It, apparently, doesn't contain brains but every producer has his own secret recipe, so I wouldn't be surprised if brain were included. The other item (whose name I am forbidden to type here but can also mean a bundle of sticks and rhymes with maggot) is also a way of using up the less appetizing (but very nutritious) parts of a pig. It is a large, fist-sized meatball made of the hearts, lungs, spleens and livers of a pig, mixed with chopped onions and apples, wholemeal bread, mixed herbs, salt and pepper and wrapped in a membrane which is called the caul but is not, I think, the birth membrane. Again, no brains in the 'official' recipe, but ... Well, those are both no-brainer recipes, it seems. Here is how they do it in France (with a delightful accent): http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-prepare-pigs-sheeps-brain-69779/
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@owlwings (39740)
• Cambridge, England
23 Jun 11
Something else for your delectation which I just found: Scrambled eggs with Calves Brains (a Czech recipe): http://www.mail-archive.com/egg-recipe@yahoogroups.com/msg01049.html (both, apparently, have a very similar delicate texture ... "like eating a cloud"). All in all, I find that many cultures regard brains as something of a delicacy, and why not? It is part of the animal, not poisonous or harmful (if the animal itself was healthy) and, once one has killed an animal, it is our duty to make sure that every part which can be used is used with care and for our benefit rather than despised and thrown out. I still have to find brains used in soup. I think that the texture of brains (rather than the flavour, which is probably rather little) is enjoyed for its own sake and making soup of them would defeat the object. I hope that your professor was joking about the soup (especially if he had asked you to identify the signs of the sheep version of 'Mad Cow Disease' called 'scrapie'!).
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• United States
23 Jun 11
all I wanted to know is if you have ever dissected anything lol not recipes to eat them
@anklesmash (1416)
23 Jun 11
I have done a bit of dissecting in my educational time in school science lessons we didnt do much hands on dissecting due to the expense of buying a large amount of organs so it consisted of the teacher dissecting an organ in front of the class explaining how it worked and what each part of the organ did.but when i did my as level in biology we got to do more we dissected organs in small groups though never a sheeps brain your proffessor was probably joking as my teachers joked about cooking it on the bunsen burner for lunch.
• United States
23 Jun 11
Yeah I am sure that organs are expensive it how much I have paid this school so far I am sure they can afford it. Next week the professor is suppose to dissect the Hunan brain so we can see how thy are similar and different.
@gerald_lian (2193)
• Australia
23 Jun 11
I studied Pharmacy in university, and I remember back in my second year in uni I did Anatomy and Physiology as well. There was one class where we had to break into groups and dissect a cow's lungs and heart. The dissecting part was no problem to me because I am used to seeing blood, but the fresh and pungent smell of blood made me want to puke! Fortunately, I only had to put up with this for one class and that's it...... It's good that your teacher has that sense of humour which perhaps relaxed a bit of the tension and uneasy feeling that some of the students might have while doing the dissecting.
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• United States
23 Jun 11
When we dissect there is no blood. The specimens have been drained and embalmed. I like to dissect I think it is cool. I just have not done it since the frog and worm in middle school so it caught me off guard.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
28 Jun 11
I think it was in high school, when we dissected a frog. That was more than 20 years ago! I still remember being disgusted about it, and decided on becoming an engineer instead of being a doctor. I realized back then that I couldn't stand the site of blood, and other guts. That was just a frog, how much for for human dissection!
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• United States
29 Jun 11
Surprisingly it was not as bad as I had expected it to be. I know this one time me and this Nikki girl were studying and we were the only 2 in the cadaver lab. The body was laying on her stomache. Well i guess in the previous class they pushed her head up wards to see the brain and I did not know that. So when We unzipped the body and when she pulled the sheet off the face of the lady i jumped so high i about went through the roof. The funny part was she ran the other direction because she did not know what was going on!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
29 Jun 11
I can't decide which mental picture to freeze in my mind. The cadaver with its head pushed up, or you jumping through the roof! I don't think I'd get caught in a cadaver lab alone. It's not that I'm afraid of them, I just don't think I could take the stench. Was it smelly?
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• United States
30 Jun 11
It smelt like formaldehyde. Which that is a smell that I am use to. For the first 5 minutes of being in there everyone got a head ache because their body was not use to the smell. It is a weird smell but not one of rotten. Just a weird chemical smell.
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
24 Jun 11
In my high school anatomy and physiology class we dissected a cat. The first day that we opened it up, I passed out. Fundamentally, the guts and stuff didn't bother me, it was the smell that literally knocked me out. I made the first cut, handed the scalpel over to my partner and the next thing I know I am in the hallway with the school nurse, my then boyfriend(he was in my group), and the teacher standing over me. Once the smell dissipated a bit I was fine. Apparently, several people threw up, at least I didn't do that. We were dissecting the cat in two parts, the brain and stuff later in the semester, but it was right before christmas, and my teacher played the cats meowing christmas CD. I found that hilarious.
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• United States
24 Jun 11
Wow how wrong was that I have never done a cat or even heard of others doing a cat. We did the brain of the sheep because it was similar to a human brain but 10x smaller. The only difference is the placement of the spinal cord. Yeah the formaldehyde does have a weird sour smell. A lot of people in our class gets head aches til they get use to it.
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
24 Jun 11
I actually had no problem with her playing the cats meowing, but then again i have a sick sense of humor. It was only the advanced class that got to actually do dissections themselves. the rest of the classes just watched at the teacher did it. My freshmen bio class dissected a fetal pig. There were no oinking music for this one though....just due to a lack of music not a lack of trying.
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• United States
27 Jun 11
In my anatomy 1 we had to know the fetal pig and learn from a real one that was already dissected but I am not sure who exactly dissected it. It was already on the dissection pan labeled.
@moneywinner (1866)
• Brazil
24 Jun 11
I study medicine, so, I already dissected a entire human body. Here in my country, we only have anatomy on the first 2 years and during the classes we were divided into groups and each group dissected a human body during these 2 years. Every class, we study a part of the human body and dissected that part, so, I really liked because I learned the theory and did the pratical at the same class. I never had problems with cadavers, so, for me was really normal to do that.
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• United States
24 Jun 11
My anatomy is 1 year and divided intotwo classes. The first class we did muscles and bones which in that case wehad to find them on the cadaver. We personally did not dissect the body but we watched my professor do it.
@anex08 (868)
• Philippines
24 Jun 11
Just the think of it made my stomach turn 100 degree. Oh my! good thing I graduated from that I still remember how I did with a frog during our anatomy and it was so awful, I feel like the frog is looking directly at me begging me to save it.. wahhhh!!! I hate that moment really i cannot remember how I'd get out past and excuse myself and come back later when class is finish..
• United States
24 Jun 11
They did not penalize you for leaving the class. Usually when people get sick and have to leave they fail them
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
24 Jun 11
For me yes you feel not good for the first time but when it takes it many times in your life you are good to talked everything you said and true.
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• United States
24 Jun 11
Yes the first couple of times gets some taking us to but after you are in there time after time you start to get use to the whole procedure. Have you ever dissected anything If so what was it?
• China
24 Jun 11
I had never dissected any part of animals but hope I have the chance to do.I am afraid that I won't be very surprising , all the parts of animals is also formed by some organisms.They are flesh and bones which are not frightening , i think .
• United States
24 Jun 11
It is cool and weird at the same time. I think the learning process is great and the experience is increditable!
@SIMPLYD (82835)
• Philippines
24 Jun 11
yes, we did some dissecting during our high school study of biology. It was a frog. However, my daughter who is in her first year of Medicine just recently have dissected a cadaver specially the skin . She said as she is dissecting it, a small amount of formalin spurted on her. The professor said it's no worry, she was just told to wash it. I am amazed that our daughter isn't afraid of doing that.
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• United States
24 Jun 11
Yeah we personally do not get to do that but we watch our professor do it. I would freak if it squirted on me
@shaggin (37643)
• United States
23 Jun 11
Ick I think I would have thrown up my breakfast if I had to dissect a sheeps brain. I could never be a vet. or a vet. tech because the thought of dissecting something makes me sick. In high school we had to dissect a few things. I did the worm but I didnt do anymore after that. I did a report instead. I think only two other people did the report all the rest did the disecting. I am a vegetarian so if I was in your class I would have been the only one to raise my hand and then probably dry heave at the thought of eating soup with sheeps brains in it. Ick. I have the chills just thinking about it.
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• United States
23 Jun 11
The funny thing is he was of some foreign orgin so it was probably not a joke inside to him. He is probably use to it. Yeah I did the worm and the frog in middle school.
@ydjinys (24)
• China
23 Jun 11
Class in china, there is no anatomical. Anatomy will make people feel sick.
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• United States
23 Jun 11
Ahhhh imagine that but yet half of our doctors in America are from the chinese orgin!