Monday, July 21, 2008

Importance of Paying Attention - Advice from a Medical Professor

1st year students at Medical School were receiving their first anatomy class with a real dead human body. They all gathered around the surgery table with the body covered with a white sheet. The professor started the class by telling them, 'In medicine, it is necessary to have 2 important qualities as a doctor. The 1st is that you are not disgusted by anything involving the human body.' For example, the professor pulled back the sheet, stuck his finger in the butt of the corpse, withdrew it and stuck it in his mouth. 'Go ahead and do the same thing,' he told his students.

he students freaked out, hesitated for several minutes, but eventually took turns sticking a finger in the butt of the dead body and sucking on it. When everyone finished, the Professor looked at them calmly and told them, 'The 2nd most important quality is observation. I stuck in my middle finger and sucked on my index finger. Now learn to pay attention...'