What It Really Looks Like

If you have ever been curious to know what the corpus callosum looks
like in vivo, you can see it in this Google video: href="http://video.google.com/url?docid=2970913114974330555&esrc=srst10&ev=v&q=%22corpus+callosum%22&vidurl=http://video.google.com/videoplay%3Fdocid%3D2970913114974330555%26q%3D%2522corpus%2Bcallosum%2522%26it%3D2911&usg=AL29H22q93tPE6Lk8OUnjP7u5OUGGOqJlg">Pediatric
Hemispherectomy Surgical Treatment For Epilepsy.
 The link starts the video at the point where they show the
corpus callosum after it has been severed, surgically.  It is
not for the faint of heart, but I thought it was interesting.

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Fascinating video. I do wish they'd shown the MRI's since that would have helped orient my map of what they were doing. But otherwise I too thought it was very interesting.

But then, as part of our HS bio classes we visited the ME's office and saw an autopsy up close. Whilst classmates were tossing lunch or starting to pass out I was crowding in for a closer look. Yes, I have a very strong stomach. That is why if there is a dirty or disgusting job to do, I'm the one that has to do it because everyone else won't.

One of the more special incidents was at the office. We had sticky mouse traps set up. Not only did we get a mouse, we got cockroaches too. Tons of them on the trap. I had to remove it and mentioned I'd much prefer the old mechanical traps.

It is sort of like watch eye surgery, in that it makes me twitch a little inside, but I would not call it disturbing. But then, I've been desensitized somewhat.

Not the desensitization that I'm concerned about, I've prodded my fair share of cortex--- it's the fact that he's manhandling it!

By Evil Monkey (not verified) on 06 Mar 2007 #permalink