The first dissection session was held in the 5th week in our first year in medical faculty. (I was 19 years old + at that time..) What an experience - first time dealing or come in touch with corpses or cadavers. Were the bodies imported from outside? Is it from India? or somewhere else? I don't know ...
There were 14 cadavers altogether, each shared by 13 medical students; mostly were male cadavers. I didn't have any thrilled feelings... Friends outside described us as very brave... or "cold blood creatures"?. Well, I didn't really like the dissection session, which were held twice a week. Not that I was scared, but just that I couldn't stand the formalin used to conserve the bodies so that it won't decay or rotten as the same bodies were used for the anatomy classes for our entire first year. Why i hate the formalin? It causes tears to flow out from our eyes and furthermore, after the dissection session, most of us will feel the adverse effect like headache and dizziness/giddiness at night time. In other word, we had to go zzzzzz earlier.
Another thing that annoyed me was - people asking myself /my coursemates what we dissected during our medical student time... And they asked me (as well as my other friends) whether we dissected frogs/rats or etc etc animals... :D Wah !!! Why on earth did they think that we need to dissect this animals? Be more practical lah... Which part of anatomy in a frog resemble human's anatomy? Even though rat is mammal, there are differences. We did dissect these animals during our Biology practical session but that was in Form 6... Not during university !!! By the way, we are not going to be veterinarians or veterinary surgeons lah.. The only "way" to learn real human anatomy is to dissect a real human being ---> The answer is : to use cadaver/corpse for dissection... (Besides referring to human anatomy atlas etc etc... Real life, 3 dimensional "human models(cadavers)" is always better & clearer than the textbook or atlas pictures..
I purposely resize these pictures to "smaller size" cos some might be "scared" to see this sort of images.. :)