Sunday, June 26, 2011

Funstuff at IMU's open day

(From here.)

My mom and I went for IMU's open day today. The highlight of it was easily their medical museum -- there were so many awesome things there, from cross-sections of real organs to a plasticised cadaver. A girl there showed us around the exhibits, naming them and pointing out the differences between the healthy and diseased organs.

We got to see what liver cirrhosis and a few types of cancer look like on the inside, and I got to hold a plasticised (but real) lung. There was also a preserved foetus on display; those always make me a little sad, because you can't help but think about the life the miscarried baby might have had. (I am pro-choice, though. Contradictory, I know.)

This probably sounds ridiculously morbid, but I was excited to see the cadaver. However, it had been plasticised, and hardly looked very human at all. In IMU, students work with dummies and plastic models, and don't actually use cadavers. The plasticised one on display, though, a student told us, had been dissected by one of the lecturers there. It couldn't have been fun sawing through the femurs and stuff!

This actually looks a lot more human than the one we saw.

Things I learned today:

  • The number of folds on a person's brain is directly proportional to their level of intelligence.
  • There are five types of bacteria that cause malaria.
  • The liver, once it is drained of blood, is actually quite pale.
  • Third-degree burn victims feel no pain because their pain receptors have been destroyed.
  • The intestines of a foetus are formed outside its body.

I feel like the biggest nerd ever right now, but I really, really enjoyed our (short!) time at the medical museum. There were things in there that would've made my more squeamish friends high-tail it out of there, things that I found incredibly fascinating. Our bodies really are amazing, if you think about it; who wouldn't want to learn more about them?

Things like these make me so darn excited to start learning Medicine.


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