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Donation of body for medical research after death - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   hi well im ill with cancer of the brain stem but its too advanced to treat so il ike to be a body doner to a medical school after my death can i do this ??
Doctor :  
Yes you can do that
User :   may i ask am i going be usefull ??
Doctor :  
I am not sure about that
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but most of the bodies are helpful for students in medical school
Doctor :  
and I do not know how do they segregate
User :   ok when im sent to medical school will i be used by students to dissect me ??
Doctor :  
I am not really sure about it
Doctor :  
Actually I believe there is a segregation policy
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to choose some such bodies to be used for dissection teaching
User :   do you think mine wil be dissected as i got cancer in my brain stem ??
Doctor :  
If the others organs are free from disease they can be used
Doctor :  
though I am not sure of
User :   if i am used for dissection will i be totally naked ??
Doctor :  
At a time only a part of the body is dissected and learnt about it and the other parts are either covered or removed
Doctor :  
and preserved further dissections
User :   i have been told there might make sections from my body for students to dissect whats this meane ??
Doctor :  
The body is cut in sections and then used by students basing on their schedule of learning different parts at different times
User :   will this be usefull
User :   how will i be cut into sections ??
Doctor :   I do not know the details of it

Doctor :  
I am sorry
User :   ok but am i cut much when setiond up
Doctor :  
No idea
Doctor :  
I cannot give you wrong details as I do not have much information about the autopsy part
User :   can i ask my gp says he wishes for an autopsy can he request this ??
Doctor :  
I do not know the legal procedures of donating and the consents and various obligations
Doctor :  
involved with it
User :   ok a germandoc says he can plastinate my body whats this ??
User :   ok a germandoc says he can plastinate my body whats this ??
Doctor :   I never heard of this

User :   sumthing to do with plastination ??
Doctor :  
I shall know about it and get back to you within 48 hours
User :   sorry its plastination of my body
Doctor :  
I shall learn about it and can help you later
User :   may i ask when i die will my penis go erect
Doctor :  
All the body goes stiff
Doctor :  
called Rigor Mortis
User :   will this happen to me
Doctor :  
Yes
User :   so how can thay use me for study when im stiff ??
Doctor :  
I think you will be put in preservative and make it soft
Doctor :  
The body is put in Ice rooms first
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to delay decomposition
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and later put in formalin
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for using dissection
User :   whats formaline ??
Doctor :  
A chemical compound used for preserving bodies
User :   am i going be placed in this ??
Doctor :  
yes
User :   will all my clothing be removed first ??
Doctor :  
yes
User :   am i placed face up or down
Doctor :  
I do not know
User :   does it burn me
Doctor :  
I am sorry I do not know
Doctor :  
the details of it
User :   ok how long might i be left in formailne before im used ??
Doctor :  
That is a question for a person who is experienced in autopsy
Doctor :  
I treat patients and I cannot answer your finer questions
Doctor :  
Do you have any medical questions that I can answer
User :   ok but letting my body be dissected is a good thing rhight
Doctor :  
It is good thing as it is served for a cause
Doctor :  
that is learning of students
Doctor :  
That is the only place a dead teach the living
Doctor :  
in the world
User :   will students respect me when im a cadaver in front of them
Doctor :  
Yes
User :   when im a cadaver am i clothed
Doctor :  
No
User :   so is all my clothing removed including my pants ??
Doctor :  
Yes
User :   if im stiff how can tharemove my clothing
Doctor :  
The clothing is removed before one is stiff
Doctor :  
Hey I am sorry I have an emergency call now we can speak later
Doctor :  
please do not mind
Doctor :  
Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :  
Bye for now.
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