I vote against them.
(We had our nematode lecture today – pinworm, ascaris, hookworm, etc.)
The funny thing is, I had a parasitology class in undergrad, so I already knew it was going to be an intensely traumatizing lecture. I think that helped – I just let myself look around the room and get some dark enjoyment out of watching 160 people gross out (justifiably) at every picture.
Obviously the lecturer agreed with me – otherwise I suspect she wouldn’t have felt the need to include so many ascaris money shots*.
The best/worst part was that there was a pre-med interviewee in the audience – and she had looked scared even just walking into the classroom (she was on her own, probably not even sure she was in the right place, and probably pre-interview). She actually dry-heaved a couple times – it looked like she was going to vomit. (I am sorry, interviewee! I hope it didn’t make you reconsider your decision to go into medicine like it did for half of our class!)
And as for me… well, I came home and ate food. Then wrote this post. And am continuing to feel pretty good about the field of psychiatry, on the whole.