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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi, may I answer your h READY TO DIE
Doctor :   Hi
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How can I help you?
User :   HI II HAVE CANCER OF THE BRAIN ITS A TUMOR THAY CARNT REMOVE SO IM GOING TO SWITZERLAND TO DIE MAY I ASK WILL I STILL BEABLE TO BE A BODY DONER ?
Doctor :   May I know your location?
User :   IM FROM US
Doctor :  
Ok
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First, if you have a terminal stages of the tumour I am not sure if you will be able to get the visa for the travel.
User :   IC BUT IF I DIE NATRUL WILL I BE ACCEPTED FOR BODY DONATION
Doctor :  
Yes, you would be accepted.
User :   once im accepted and dead where will my body go
Doctor :  
It would be in one of the research institutes or medical university.
User :   i been told there take me to a medical uni is this a good thing
Doctor :  
Body donation is a good deed.
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So it is definitely good.
User :   what happens to me as a body doner
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They are a few different purposes.
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It could involve, using the brain that is affected by the tumour for studies.
User :   i was told my whole body might be used for anatomy teaching whats this
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They could also use the brain tumour for medical students to study.
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And yes the other is a anatomical study which is by means of dissection.
User :   as my whole body is going be used for medical study will i be naked ?
Doctor :   You would be covered.
User :   what during use
Doctor :   The part that has is generally dissected are mainly the limbs, chest, abdomen and the head.
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These parts would be individually uncovered while the whole body would be kept covered.
User :   ok s will i be cut much during dissection
Doctor :  
Yes.
User :   to get to my chest do thay cut my front open fully
Doctor :  
Chest, anatomically is described as the upper part of the body below the neck and the dissection begins from the front.
User :   ic will my back evr be studyed
Doctor :   The back of the chest are generally not involved in dissection.
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These studies are done using a different anatomical sessions, an osteology classes.
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They would use anatomical skeleton
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in which the bones and its attachments that includes
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muscles, tendons and ligaments would be studied.
User :   ok so how do thay get to my brain then
Doctor :  
Anatomy course for medical students is a course for 1 to 1 year and the head dissection is generally the last.
Doctor :  
So I would say it should be after an year of the beginning of the dissection.
User :   ic but when thay do how will thay do it
Doctor :  
Yes. They would dissect the head too.
User :   how
Doctor :   The dissection procedure would be changing.
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The instruments that are now in use would be known better by an anatomist.
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It used to involve the use of chisel and hammer in the past to dissect the skull.
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yes that is after the study of the facial muscles.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   ok
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Do you have any other query?
User :   will any part of my reporductive organs be dissected
Doctor :   The structures of the reproductory organs are better studied over the microscope using already prepared slides.
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Hence the penis, testis may not be dissected.
User :   ok
Doctor :  
They would be used only if any new slides have to be prepared.
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And the chances that this would occur is very low.
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Have you followed?
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Do you have any other query?
User :   will during the dissection are there ant bone saws used
Doctor :   I am a clinician and not an anatomist. Hence I would not know about the instruments used now.
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They were used earlier.
User :   ic so you never dissected a body then
Doctor :  
I had dissected during my student days.
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And we used the same bone saw for cutting hard bone of the skull.
User :   ok was it usefull to use a human body
Doctor :   Studying by dissection is definitely useful then studying by reading books
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So it is a very useful and generous deed that you are planning.
User :   so as im giveing my body for them to dissect is a good thing
Doctor :  
Yes, it is a very good act and medical students would be thankful to you.
User :   so am i naked when used
Doctor :  
I have already discussed this with you.
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You would be covered as i had mentioned earlier.
User :   yes but am i naked under the cover
Doctor :  
Yes, generally it would be the case.
User :   am i ever layied on my front at any point of the dissection
Doctor :  
You would be placed in an anatomical position and under cover of a white sheet.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?

User :   what am i layied on
User :   what am i layied on
Doctor :  
You would be placed on a table.
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It is called as a dissection table by medical students.
User :   if thay wish an autopsy would one be done and if so i can still be a body doner yes
Doctor :   It depends on what the autopsy is done.
User :   a whole body one
Doctor :   A whole body autopsy done to know the cause of death would alter the physical condition of the muscles and organs.
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If the alteration is very significant, then dissection studies may be difficult.
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In such cases the your organs may be used
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