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Not Our Bodies, Not Ourselves

Life lessons from a cadaver

Hannah Tennant-Moore

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From Tibetan Medical Paintings, © 1992 By Serindia Publications
Since my sister began medical school last fall, she has spoken constantly about an obese female corpse she refers to as “my cadaver”: “She’s so fat, it’s hard to find the nerves and muscles. You have to do a lot of poking around.” Or, “When we first opened her up, there was still shit in her intestines. Can you believe that? She died two years ago!”

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