• Question: does the body smell when your cutting the body open

    Asked by somtingwong05 to Deepak on 11 Jun 2019.
    • Photo: Deepak Chandrasekharan

      Deepak Chandrasekharan answered on 11 Jun 2019:


      The dissection lab does have various smells to it due to the ways the bodies have been preserved so that they are kept intact for dissection.

      You can wear a mask too but you get used to it after a few sessions. This ‘adaptation’ is both psychological and happens in the the nerves that detect smell too. They send messages by firing a single to the brain. Over time, as the smell is always there, the nerves stop firing and eventually only fire if there is a change. This adaptation is efficient and happens in lots of ways to most of the senses.

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