“Two-Faced”: Living with Parry-Romberg Syndrome…

…and ‘Why hide human specimens from all humans?’

A misconception I’ve frequently encountered is that working within medicine or pathology somehow takes me out of the sphere of ‘normal’ society, and places me in a position whereby I can’t relate to illness or death in a human way (and therefore shouldn’t have an opinion). For example, when I held the Eat Your Heart Out anatomical cake event at Barts Pathology Museum, a few years ago, we did receive one or two complaints despite it being hugely well received. (See my Pinterest board for more amazing images.) Many of the successful bakes included syphilis cupcakes (used to teach children about the dangers of unprotected sex) and melanoma cakes (to warn of this highly malignant cancer) but the line was drawn at my idea for an HPV (human papillomavirus) cake pop and a donut showing the levels of Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia (CIN Levels 1, 2 and 3) which lead to cervical cancer.

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