The thing people are most interested if you talk about university seems to be one room more than all the others put together. The dissecting room. Before I got to Manchester I've got to admit, it did seem by far the most interesting, I was kind of wondering how I'd handle it as well. I've never been squeamish but this was a whole other level to watching Saw.
But now that I've been there a few months, I've got used to it and I've discovered a few things which I thought I'd share about the DR:
- You can instantly gross out any non-medic with stories from the dissection room.
- Being in the dissection room makes you hungry. Ask anyone, they'll vouch for this, it's not just me :)
- The DR will turn many normal people into masochists that just want to cut shit up.
- Insides don't look like you'd imagine, with everything easy to see, they all blend into one.
- Being able to swipe into a restricted room makes you feel powerful.
- Nobody's a surgeon yet, cutting is harder than it looks.
- Anatomy demonstrators tend to have terrible communication skills, they deal with the dead for a reason.