First-year students at the Purdue University College of Veterinary medicine
were attending their first anatomy class. A dead cow lay on the surgery table.
Students gathered about the table with the dead body covered by a white sheet.
The professor started the class by stating, "In veterinary medicine it is necessary
to have two important qualities as a doctor. The first is that you not be disgusted
by anything involving the animal's body."
As example, the professor pulled back the sheet, stuck a finger in the butt
of the cow. He withdrew it, and stuck a finder in his mouth.
"Go ahead and do the same thing," he told his students.
Students freaked out, hesitated for several minutes, but eventually took turns
sticking a finger in the butt of the dead cow and then put the same finger in their mouths.
When all finished, the professor looked at them and said, ďThe second most
important quality is observation. I stuck in my middle finger and put
my index finger in my mouth. Now learn to pay attention. Life's tough but it's even tougher if you're stupid."