The last post on medical students of the good old days and their good old gallows humor got me poking around to document some of those semi-mythic stories we’ve all heard about ghoulish stunts with anatomy lab cadavers.
The most widely circulated recent case is that presented in this video and mentioned on Boing Boing in October 2010. Have a look and decide for yourself whether you think it’s genuine as the verdict is definitely out on this one.
Reaching back a little further, we find Mr. Parallel’s delightful horde of old newspaper clippings, where one can read of medical students propping up cadavers as scarecrows, heaving severed heads out windows, staking them on picket fences, nailing loose hands to telephone poles, and hanging dissected bodies in effigy. Good times!