Sixth Form biologists at Brooke Weston saw an hour-long autopsy video in preparation for practical dissection lessons this week. The subject of the film was a 17-stone woman and her autopsy, filmed by the BBC, focused on the effects that obesity has on the human body.
Science teacher Dan Hawksley said: ‘These students have already carried out practical dissections as part of their coursework but they have never seen such detailed dissection on a human before. This was sensitively filmed and handled but showed the real impact that being overweight can have on a body, causing symptoms such as diabetes, high blood pressure, an enlarged heart and pulmonary oedema, or water in the lungs.’
The students will have practical lessons later this week when they will be dissecting simulated human specimens.