This post is not for the queasy and those easily repulsed at the sight of gross human body parts.
Over at BBerk's Cafe, an email group of friend Filipino bloggers, I read this email from Polo about a budding artist in Thailand that bakes "human body parts." Initially I thought it was a joke, but reading on, I found out it was for real.
The full story is documented in this link: Thai Artist Bakes Edible 'Body Parts'
The 28-year-old artist, Mr Kittiwat Unarrom, has a masters degree in fine arts, and is the son of parents who are professional bakers. Before you think he's crazy, he says there's a deeper meaning in his works. He wants people to think whether they are consuming food, or food is consuming them.
Good friend BatJay says that there was a similar show called "Body Worlds" in Singapore last year which fetched a record crowd. He said the people behind these are trying to have a similar exhibition in the US but many religious groups are against it.
I think the Thai artist can a strike a good deal with medical schools who want to enrich the teaching of Human Anatomy to medical students. As an alternative to the often nauseating stench of formalin while dissecting cadavers, medical students might now find the subject more interesting, and more enjoyable.
They could always eat the specimens after the exams.
UPDATE: The post above is featured in this week's Grand Rounds, now on its 50th edition, and is hosted at good friend Joseph's The Corpus Callosum. Be sure to visit and read the world's best medblogs of the week.