Smile for the camera - US Navy Doc shows extremely bad judgement and lack of respect.

#1
I'm shocked, what on Earth was he thinking about? I can't see how anyone could think that this was a good idea....

And what about the poor bloke's next of kin? I can't imagine that they're going to be too happy.


A Navy pathologist has been reassigned to an administrative position for letting his children handle the brain of a deceased Marine Corps sergeant while his wife took pictures in their home.
Rest of article here:

Navy doctor let kids hold dead Marine’s brain - Marine Corps News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Marine Corps Times
 
#5
It's hard to jump to conclusions as there are no real explanations given. I imagine the fact that they haven't fired him means there's more to the story than is published there.
 
#12
...Shelly was a regional medical examiner and would travel to different medical facilities to perform autopsies, a position that allowed for examinations without having to ship a person’s entire remains, said Paul Stone, a spokesman for the Armed Forces Medical Examiner’s Office at Dover Air Base, Del.


According to the board’s summary of the incident, after performing a Dec. 20 autopsy on the sergeant at Naval Hospital Camp Lejune, Shelly transported the sergeant’s brain in a “stock jar” to his home. While there, he took the brain out of the jar, and allowed his children to hold it while his wife took pictures. The next day, he took the brain to Portsmouth to be preserved for a neuropathological exam.
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This is a strange incident. Aside from the disrespect issue, I worked round morgues in the 6C a long time ago and our pathologists got up to all sorts of questionable things with dead body parts, you get a bit callous and humorous, but I can't recall many incidents of bringing the work home and showing the kids.

What could be the motivation? Are the parents mental or drunks? Did the little ones come across the brain accidentally and papa bear sought to explain and reassure perhaps in a moment of tearful patriotism? Is this some bizarre form of educational over parenting? Are his brood budding organ aficionados and prospective brain surgeons? I'm reminded of:
[video=youtube;3r4rS0yzQ1M]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r4rS0yzQ1M[/video]

If this was the UK I suspect social workers would be dragging the bairns off to be abused by Kentish folk in a squalid care home.
 
#13
... I can't recall many incidents of bringing the work home and showing the kids...
My dad was a RAMC Lab Tech at Colchester Military Hospital. While he never actually brought body parts home, well, as far as I know, he didn't, but occasionally I visited the Path-lab. I got to see all sorts of groovy stuff, like brains and removed tumours and other bits that were suspected of contributing to their former owner's demise. With my dad RAMC and my mum ex-QA, subjects about all the squishy stuff that goes on in the human body were never taboo subjects. I turned out just fine.
 

Longlenny

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#16
My dad was a RAMC Lab Tech at Colchester Military Hospital. While he never actually brought body parts home, well, as far as I know, he didn't, but occasionally I visited the Path-lab. I got to see all sorts of groovy stuff, like brains and removed tumours and other bits that were suspected of contributing to their former owner's demise. With my dad RAMC and my mum ex-QA, subjects about all the squishy stuff that goes on in the human body were never taboo subjects. I turned out just fine.
Are you sure?
 
#17
EM: You know that brain in the fridge?

Cdr Shelley: Uh uh.

EM: Well... erm...

Several weeks later.

EM: Was not the swish of my cape enough warning buffoon? Bwuahahahah!

Cdr Shelley: Bastaaaaaa....
 
#18
My dad was a RAMC Lab Tech at Colchester Military Hospital. While he never actually brought body parts home, well, as far as I know, he didn't, but occasionally I visited the Path-lab. I got to see all sorts of groovy stuff, like brains and removed tumours and other bits that were suspected of contributing to their former owner's demise. With my dad RAMC and my mum ex-QA, subjects about all the squishy stuff that goes on in the human body were never taboo subjects. I turned out just fine.
Heh, heh, maybe from where you are standing ....
 
#19
My dad was a RAMC Lab Tech at Colchester Military Hospital. While he never actually brought body parts home, well, as far as I know, he didn't, but occasionally I visited the Path-lab. I got to see all sorts of groovy stuff, like brains and removed tumours and other bits that were suspected of contributing to their former owner's demise. With my dad RAMC and my mum ex-QA, subjects about all the squishy stuff that goes on in the human body were never taboo subjects. I turned out just fine.
Typed wearing a dress made out his mothers skin and his fathers face as a mask........... yeah you're fine.
 

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