Donating your body to science

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    Feb 24, 2010 12:56 PM GMT
    Any of you planning on doing this?
    I don't mean just being an organ donor...
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    Feb 24, 2010 1:12 PM GMT
    As much as I want to... no. :/ I've heard enough from my friends to know what happens to cadavers in medical school.
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    Feb 24, 2010 4:53 PM GMT
    I have been thru hell in real life not in death. No thanks
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    Feb 24, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    Sure why not? I'm not using it anymore!
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    Feb 24, 2010 4:57 PM GMT
    I would like my corpse to be used as either food or fertilizer.
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    Feb 24, 2010 4:58 PM GMT
    McGay saidI would like my corpse to be used as either food or fertilizer.


    So THAT'S where hot dogs come from!
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    Feb 24, 2010 4:58 PM GMT
    I'm cut, so, they're Kosher.
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    Feb 24, 2010 4:59 PM GMT
    Will they do that? I know that being gay you can't give blood so will they take organs from a gay man after you are gone or is that not allowable either? I have no idea? icon_confused.gif
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    Feb 24, 2010 4:59 PM GMT
    I'm planning to have my head frozen and used as part of the Ted Williams croquet set. Science can have the rest of me.
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    Feb 24, 2010 5:08 PM GMT
    I donated my body to science once before, but they rejected it... icon_redface.gif

    Actually, no, not donating the whole thing, just agreed to organ harvesting before I'm cremated. And there'll be no wake, just a memorial service if my partner can convince enough people to come to it.

    So I suppose I could donate my body, it won't be needed for a wake or burial. But having my cadaver lying out naked for dissection and study does kinda creep me out. I suppose it shouldn't, because I'll be past caring at that point, and presumably it's for a good cause.

    Though Sedative's comment compels me to ask: what DOES happen to cadavers in medical school? Do tell! (And good job on your latest main photo)
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    Feb 24, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
    Hell no! After having dissection labs with them I'd rather not. Having your winky hanging out with the glans going all dry and cracked it's gross and having people point it out is a bit much even in death
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    Feb 24, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
    MagickBoy saidWill they do that? I know that being gay you can't give blood so will they take organs from a gay man after you are gone or is that not allowable either? I have no idea? icon_confused.gif

    Good question! I'm negative, no other STDs either, not ever, and yet I got entered into some kind of national registry that blocks me from ever donating blood as a gay man. So would they check that before harvesting my organs? I merely selected organ donor on my state driver's license, and it's listed with the VA and other hospitals where I've been treated, no questions asked, but perhaps they screen at the time?

    Well, they can have my organs if they want them, they're the ones who lose if it all gets burned up with the rest of me (except for my liver, which is already a total loss).
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    Feb 24, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
    yup, it's already in writing--in the will. I've a few genetic dispositions that science might wanna look at when i kick the bucket.
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    Feb 24, 2010 5:15 PM GMT
    McGay saidI'm cut, so, they're Kosher.

    LMFAO!!! OK, my laugh for the day! icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 24, 2010 8:32 PM GMT
    Jboegz saidSure why not? I'm not using it anymore!

    This.

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    Feb 24, 2010 8:42 PM GMT
    I'm donating mine to science fiction.

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    Feb 24, 2010 8:46 PM GMT
    I want to be cremated and scattered in the mountains so I can re-enter the food chain.
    My will designates a specific boulder in New Mexico to use as a base.
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    Feb 24, 2010 8:50 PM GMT
    Sedative saidAs much as I want to... no. :/ I've heard enough from my friends to know what happens to cadavers in medical school.


    Same here. Room mate at uni was a med student. Those guys certainly get up to some strange things to get to grips with dealing with dead bodies icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 24, 2010 9:32 PM GMT
    Aww, it's just some fun with the dead icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 24, 2010 9:45 PM GMT
    In the future, science will be able to predict the exact moment you will die, so ten minutes before that, I am going to strip naked and wander into the woods (provided trees still exist). Then, lying dead and naked on the forest floor, I will be consumed by scavengers and other creatures, thereby justifying a lifetime of eating delicious meat.

    If that plan falls through for any reason, sure, science.
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    Feb 24, 2010 9:47 PM GMT
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    MagickBoy saidWill they do that? I know that being gay you can't give blood so will they take organs from a gay man after you are gone or is that not allowable either? I have no idea? icon_confused.gif

    Good question! I'm negative, no other STDs either, not ever, and yet I got entered into some kind of national registry that blocks me from ever donating blood as a gay man. So would they check that before harvesting my organs? I merely selected organ donor on my state driver's license, and it's listed with the VA and other hospitals where I've been treated, no questions asked, but perhaps they screen at the time?

    Well, they can have my organs if they want them, they're the ones who lose if it all gets burned up with the rest of me (except for my liver, which is already a total loss).




    Wow. Is there REALLY a "national registry" of gays? Isn't that against the law and an invasion of privacy?


    It's not a "national registry" of gays...it's the Red Cross's list of people who are barred from donating blood due to any number of factors. Living in another country for too long, having ever been to Africa, drug use, and yes, being a big homo. I'm on the list too, unfortunately, though I'm clean as a whistle.

    The crappy thing is, you can't sell plasma if you're on the list, which really would have helped out during my broke periods.
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    Feb 24, 2010 9:49 PM GMT
    Sedative saidAs much as I want to... no. :/ I've heard enough from my friends to know what happens to cadavers in medical school.


    same

    to save someones life as a donor,sure,for med school students to play with the body,no,science will have to manage without my skinny body,lol
  • scubaguy1981

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    Feb 24, 2010 9:50 PM GMT
    I read an interesting book about all of the different options available for us to do with our bodies when we're gone. And yes, some of them involve sharp objects, but there are plenty of other amazing things that we can do. If you're interested the book is "Stiff" (ok, go ahead and laugh, but that's NOT why I picked it up). It's on my bookshelf right now, feel free to swing by and borrow it, lol.
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    Feb 25, 2010 1:38 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidThough Sedative's comment compels me to ask: what DOES happen to cadavers in medical school? Do tell! (And good job on your latest main photo)


    Nothing that horrifying of course. Just a general lack of respect. I dunno if it's a coping mechanism but the fear and awe generally gives way to apathy, practical jokes, irreverence etc. You basically become a hunk of meat. Heck they joke about the remains of the person's last meal when they do get to the stomach, stick things in ahem... orifices, etc.

    Most of those that do end up there are the unclaimed dead. Victims of crime, no claimants, oftentimes of unknown identities.

    I'm the type of person who when hearing about fatalities in an accident, for instance, will always wonder what the people involved were like along with a sense of regret I know I shouldn't be feeling. Who they were, what they did in those last moments, how they felt... etc. Sure I wouldn't care or know once I'm dead, but I can't quite stomach imagining if I ended up like that while I am still alive. Hence I won't ever promise my body to science and spend the rest of my life wondering what they'll do to me. LOL
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Feb 25, 2010 1:55 AM GMT
    My whole family's on the general plan of gambling that the ancient Egyptians were wrong, and that we won't be needing our bodies after death.

    Medicine gets first dibs on any organs or tissues they think will be useful for others. After that, our remains are available for either educational or research purposes. Should there be parts not desired by medicine or science, we generally plan on cremation, with the survivors to do whatever they feel like with the remains.

    I'm looking into having my mother's ashes incorporated into a set of Christmas ornaments. Really.

    We're not an overly sentimental family, I guess.