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Can I donate my body to you? Thanks, and, no, I am not set up for that. Many people upon seeing the reverence and appreciation with which I approach dissection are inspired to make plans to donate their own bodies, and they offer that I be the recipient. At this point in time though, I do not have a donor program of my own to admit them to or receive their gift. Even if I did have a donor program, 99% of willed body donations occur at a very local level, within fifty miles of the donor's home, due to timing, transportation and preservation issues. So if you want to donate your body, thank you for thinking of me, and, please inquire into the program nearest to you, generally a Willed Body Program at a nearby medical, dental, exercise physiology, physical therapy, or medical anthropology graduate school.
What is the difference between "fixed" and "unfixed" tissue? "Fixed" means the tissue has been preserved, and this is done in many ways, with techniques and substances as varied as the embalmers who employ them. "Unfixed" means the tissues are not preserved except by refrigeration.
"Fresh" tissue is better than "embalmed," right?? Umm, no! Calling a donor body "fresh" is a marketing tactic in my view. Who can argue with "fresh?!" Anyone would rather have "fresh" than "stale" or "rotten." Ironically, a body that is not preserved is much more likely to be in poor condition, or to decay in short order at room temperature. Both preserved and unpreserved, fixed and unfixed tissues have specific qualities, added values, and problems for anatomical study. Either approach creates certain illusions and bears certain radical dissimilarities from living tissues and living persons. So calling tissue "fresh" is consequently not a straightforward determination of tissue quality.
What are the advantages of the different tissue states? Fixed or embalmed tissue, because it is preserved, is not decaying and requires no refrigeration. It can be worked with slowly over a long period of time. That enables you to focus on the anatomy in front of you without worrying about the care of decaying tissue and the concomitant aesthetic issues of odor, biohazards, etc. The primary shapes of the body are held nicely intact when the tissue is preserved, and the tissues are very "forgiving," in the sense that if you make mistakes (and you will), no real problems arise from that. Also, certain tissues, because they are rendered opaque from the preservation, particularly deep fascia, are easy to see. The positive side of unfixed tissues is that there is a great range of motion in the tissue, and this creates the opportunity for insight into that dimension of the human form. Colors can be very vibrant, and the moisture content affords a sense of liveliness even in the lifeless form. Whether fixed or unfixed, either state is very diffenent than the living, and yet both point in different ways to important aspects of our anatomy which together can form the basis of a broader picture and insight into structure and function, and into life itself.
Why does my page look oddly arranged? Because these pages reorganize dynamically when resized for maximum accessibility, you may have to adjust the page size to find the "sweet spot" where the contents align most pleasingly. Just use your mouse to grab the bottom right corner of the page and adjust until everything slips into place.
What browser works best for this site? This site looks best in Chrome, pretty good in Firefox, Safari and Opera, and anyone's best guess in Internet Explorer. The site is optimized for handicapped viewing. It resizes well for the visually impaired, and all of the images and videos have hidden titling for site-reading technology that renders the web audible. You may find weird little quirks and bugs, and I am grateful to be made aware of those via the contact info at the bottom of each page. I appreciate all constructive contributions to help me make this the best, most functional, user-friendly site that I can.