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Hungry after anatomy lab?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by ms1finally, Aug 20, 2005.

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  1. ms1finally

    ms1finally Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    I don't know about you guys, but I come out of anatomy lab HUNGRY. Starving. Ravenous. It's weird - and it's a very distinct hunger, sort of like the hunger I feel when I've been playing in the pool or something. Anyone else experience anything similar?
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  3. virilep

    virilep What can Brown do for u? 10+ Year Member

    Feb 12, 2004
    yeah, i'm starved too. i think it's just because it's 12 and i usually don't eat a huge breakfast. to that's the deal. but yeah, ur right. i dunno why.
  4. erin682

    erin682 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 21, 2004
    I think its pretty typical. Most people felt the same way in my class last year.
  5. CalH22a

    CalH22a Member 10+ Year Member

    Sep 23, 2004
    i've heard that it has something to do with the formaldehyde that actually physically makes you hungry if you get exposed to it for long enough. Not sure if that holds any truth.
  6. SFAJess

    SFAJess 7+ Year Member

    Jul 29, 2004
    Temple, TX
    I'm starving right around the third hour in lab...we use phenol so that might not be it. I always get out of there feeling like I've doused my mouth with chloraseptic spray after standing above the cadaver and breathing in the fumes.
  7. Freakingzooming

    Freakingzooming Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    this is disguisting but i think its the smell of flesh and fat/grease mixed in. again, I dont know if this is true but i sure hope not.
  8. SkylineMD

    SkylineMD Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    The only strong urge I have had is because I've been in lab for so long that I just need food. I never thought of the chemicals or the lab being the cause of it though.
  9. Sureshot83

    Sureshot83 Working for $10/hour 7+ Year Member

    Jul 26, 2005
    My peer mentors (MS IIs who are in charge of a small group of MS Is during orientation week) said that the formaldehyde does actually have some chemical effect that makes you more hungry.
  10. rpkall

    rpkall Darwin Award Winner 7+ Year Member

    Sep 25, 2004
    A bunch of people in my group last yr were always craving ribs after dissecting. The soleus made me hungry, but other than that, everything looked kinda too "human" to get me salivating.
  11. TheFlash

    TheFlash Playtime Is Over 10+ Year Member

    Formaline makes you hungry.
  12. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Yes - perhaps you are a cannibal but never realized it before... :eek:
  13. SkylineMD

    SkylineMD Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    in a quick 30second google search i didn't find any correlation between formaldehyde and hunger. Maybe the 2nd years at your school are correct, maybe not. But I don't put much weight in what comes out of other people's mouths unless I need to know it for an exam or they have proof.
  14. njbmd

    njbmd Guest Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    May 30, 2001
    Gone Walkabout!
    Hi Guys,
    All I can say is wait until third year and your General Surgery rotation. All of that bovied flesh smells just like barbeque. Ummm! There is nothing like the smell of argon beam coagulated liver edge either. How bout some onions?? Slaw anyone?

    njbmd :D
  15. relema

    relema Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 16, 2005
    H town
    I always get really hungry half way through lab, considering how much fat i usually have to deal with on my cadavar, you would think it would make me never want to eat again.
  16. Buck Strong

    Buck Strong Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2003
    State of Bliss
    By the last month of anatomy, some of my classmates (including myself) were munching on candy bars in anatomy lab during late night study sessions. Just make sure to take off your gloves.
  17. Silverfix

    Silverfix Banned Banned

    Aug 24, 2005
    a higher level
    Yeah, yeah. This is a perennial topic. Yes, the fixing solution makes you hungry. No one really knows why. And yes it's odd to be hungry when working with corpses. But get used to it. When it comes to desensitization, you ain't seen nothing yet. ;)
  18. gdk

    gdk Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    some MS2's and 3's said they couldn't eat pulled pork for a month after scraping and pulling out multifidus and spinatus to do our laminectomy during the first dissection, but i was hungry enough to eat a juicy bbq sandwich right there at our table!

    ironically, we named our cadaver juicy, for unknown reasons
  19. liverotcod

    liverotcod Lieutenant Crunch 10+ Year Member

    Nov 1, 2003
    A little blob of cadaver juice splashed in my mouth last week when my labmate's chisel thwacked the wrong way. Note to self: close mouth when near cadaver.

    Put me right off my supper, it did.
  20. DianaLynne

    DianaLynne Catwoman! 5+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Yep, you're a zombie now. At least that's what my lab group said if you got juice in your mouth. I unfortunately had a bit fall down my scrub top, I was also a bit put off... :oops:

    When I'm in lab, I find myself describing everything in terms of food. I found myself completely unable to trim the fat off of my pork chops afterwards.
  21. liverotcod

    liverotcod Lieutenant Crunch 10+ Year Member

    Nov 1, 2003
    Had I been there, I would have been more than happy to dig it out for you. Gentleman that I am.
  22. Lysie1978

    Lysie1978 New Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    I was starving when I came out of anatomy lab! I had just eaten a falafel two hours before so I shouldn't have been so hungry but I needed to eat again. My friend was starving also and we both commented on how weird that was.
  23. bulletproof

    bulletproof some dude... 7+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2005
    at large
    sometimes its all i can do to not rush out and gorge myself on liver and fava beans...washed down with a nice dry chianti ( feverishly smacks lips together ). Usually though I just settle for a good ole' rare steak....mmmmm. :D
  24. G0S2

    G0S2 SDN Angel 10+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 2003
    Even in the midst of burning bone smell, I was asking my lab group if they wanted to order in a pizza. I don't know what it is about anatomy lab but my stomach is always growling.
  25. When I work around cadavers I always find myself craving things I don't normally crave- chili cheeseburgers for example.......
  26. OddNath

    OddNath Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 19, 2005
    This is why I try to eat continuously during my morning classes before gross lab. But even then, yeah, I still get hungry. So much for heating up instant grits between classes.
  27. Callogician

    Callogician Banned Banned

    Sep 15, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    This thread inspired the following question:

    Which cut of meat would be ideal if a medical student...um...hypothetically...wanted to taste cooked human flesh? Does anyone have any good recipes? Does human flesh go with white wine or red wine?
  28. DarksideAllstar

    DarksideAllstar you can pay me in bud 7+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2001
    West of the Haight
    On my grossing days (which go like 7-9 hours), I am perpetually around formalin. So much in fact, that I usually have a hard time smelling it. Anyway, I haven't noticed a change in my appetite, so I personally doubt it has a stimulatory effect.
  29. Rendar5

    Rendar5 10+ Year Member

    Nov 12, 2003
    about 2/3 of my class was extremely hungry after every single anatomy lab. Some people weren't really hungry at all after it. But a majority always commented on how hungry being in those rooms made them. I've heard rumors of it being from the chemicals. I dont know how true it is or even if it has been studied. But there is definitely something that stimulates hunger in a lot of people (moreso than just having class during those time periods).
  30. velo

    velo bottom of the food chain 5+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    yeah I was always starving and I don't know why. what's worse is I always wanted tannish lunch meat like turkey....gross....
  31. MadameLULU

    MadameLULU Saucy Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Aug 14, 2004
    I think tuna is the worst to have following anatomy lab.. :barf:

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