How do you prevent maggots from infesting a corpse? What happens if gangrene begins to set in? What’s wrong with only preserving the visible parts of a corpse – the hands and face – instead of the entire body?*
As the students in Embalming 101 heard answers to these important questions from Cypress College Mortuary Science Department instructor Glenn Bower, I felt slightly queasy. We’d come to the school straight after landing in Orange County in the early morning. Fortunately I was on an empty stomach. I put my queasiness aside and took copious notes.
We only had two hours, but in the end, I was so fascinated that I wished I could have stayed all day at the unique mortuary science program (See October’s California Educator).
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