SPF: Practical Lessons in Desensitization


Practical Lessons in Desensitization

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“Congratulations on making it to medical college. Let’s begin with a quick tour of the departments.

Heads held high, the new batch of fresh young budding doctors took the first steps of their journey to ease human suffering and save lives.

Eyes watering from the noxious fumes, they trooped out of the dissection hall muttering to each other.

“That was a real body?

“I thought it was a wooden model!”

“When he cut open the skin and flicked the flecks of fat, I nearly threw up.”

“When the professor made me hold and feel the nerve, I almost fainted.”


“I didn’t know Medical College was going to be so gross.”

“Duh. You can’t avoid human anatomy in medical college.”

“Nothing could be worse.”

“Yeah? Read this.”

Catch a frog from the tank.

Use the hammer to give a blow to its head.

Use a scalpel to sever the brain from the spinal cord.

Insert a pithing needle into the brain to destroy it.

Frog may squirm in your hand but don’t let go. It doesn’t feel a thing.

Now you may begin to learn physiological functions without cerebral control.


Note: The frog experiments have since been discontinued.

Written for the Sunday Photo Fiction – a story in 200 words or less. For the other stories on this prompt click here.

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14 thoughts on “SPF: Practical Lessons in Desensitization”

  1. Wow. That was … interesting lol. I imagine a lot of junior doctors drop out at that stage as they think that being a doctor is romantic, meeting nurses and running off to marry them, whilst just setting broken arms and legs. Nothing so intricate as opening up a body.

    So glad the frog experiment has been discontinued.

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    1. Yes indeed children often have no clue what they are letting themselves in for, especially in India where they can get into medical college straight after school. More often than not, they are just following their parents dreams.


  2. Lol…”Frog may squirm in your hands, yet it won’t feel a thing”!!! ..guess the frog too would have thought the same about the person who deduced this theory

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