Sunday, May 3, 2009
I recently saw a review in Slate for Dissection:Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine. In this book, authors Warner and Edmonson have compiled photos of med students posing with their anatomy class cadavers through the years 1880 through 1930.
While these photos may not be suitable for the squeamish, I can't help but see within them considerable charm, ingenuity and the black humor that is pervasive to this day among those of us on the front lines in the medical field. Certainly, photos such as these would be very difficult to manage (and rightly so) in these, more politically correct times.
Click here for a small slide show presentation featuring a few more photos of med students proudly posing with their cadavers.
I'd also like to add that in this day of small digital cameras and cell phone cameras, this "art form" may still survive in some small way today. Please feel free to comment anonymously and let us know if this is, indeed, true!