a doctor in britain has attracted a lot of publicity by conducting a public autopsy. here is part of the text of an article that appeared in the toronto globe:
london -- the scene was as appealing as it was appalling.
in the centre of the room, the famous german doctor in a black fedora methodically sliced a human brain into sections. his assistant, meanwhile, walked around the room offering the 200 spectators a closer view of the patient's enlarged liver and split gall bladder. on a gurney in the centre of it all was the patient: silent, cold and cleft wide open. in a pair of tongs, the assistant held an extracted stone the size of a marble.
"show it to me up close," a nearby woman said. the assistant reached out and accidentally squeezed the tongs, causing the dead man's gallstone to pop out, bounce off this reporter's shoulder and land on the floor.
"ooh, a souvenir! get it!" the woman squealed, diving for the mineral deposit before her husband irritably yanked her away.
these are the sort of people who pay to see a live autopsy.
last night, in the chilly and cavernous boiler room of a warehouse in london's east end, professor gunther von hagens carried out britain's first public dissection of a human body in 170 years.
about 200 people crammed the room, paying the equivalent of $30 each to see it live, and scores more watched on closed-circuit television. the spectacle was also taped for broadcast on television later last night.......
others were not disturbed in the least. xarahash lavangia, 43, attended with his 15-year-old daughter, xerxian.
"it was my idea to come, and no, it doesn't gross me out. i think it's fascinating," xerxian said.
her father looked on proudly. "in a couple of months she has to decide what she wants to do with her career, either medical or engineering, so we came here to see if she is squeamish or not."
not everyone was impressed -- one way or the other.
patricia smith, 24, a nurse, came to view the autopsy for a thrill but found herself bored.
"it just doesn't look real to me, and i've seen dead bodies before, and this one looks like plastic. the element of shock isn't there.
"to be honest, i'm disappointed it wasn't more ghoulish."
typical nurse!! :chuckle
so, what's your feeling on this? did this autopsy serve a useful purpose, or was it just showmanship to get publicity for the doctor?? was it disrespectful to the deceased, even with his informed consent?