September 5, 2008 § 3 Comments

I had a deeply disturbing sensation this week. It was my first operation after the summer vacation, a splenectomy for lymphoma. Very nice to be back in the OR. Maybe a little too nice. « Read the rest of this entry »

Inner scents

February 16, 2008 § 4 Comments

Red smoke

Normal tissue hardly smell at all. Your skin smell because of bacteria in your sweat. Your mouth stinks because of bacteria, and another source of foul odour is caused by gas producing bacteria. Opening the abdominal cavity does not emit any smells, unless there’s some infected parts, necrotic tissue, pierced bowels or gas present.

Cutting the body is not in itself a source of foul scents, but the way it’s cut can cause smell. « Read the rest of this entry »

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