Photos emerge of a time when med students posed with cadavers

Such 'childish and disrespectful behaviour' was probably commonplace in the US 30 years ago, says professor

A moment of ill-judged jest two decades ago has come back to haunt US medical students after “childish and disrespectful” photos of them mocking cadavers came to light.

The photos, dug up in old Yale Medical School yearbooks, show students posing with cadavers, with some captions laden with sexual innuendo, Yale News reports.

In one photo, a female medical student holds up a dissected hand and forearm, which is captioned, “A hand job”.

Another features a male student working over a torso with the caption, “Urologist at the wrong end of the body”.

Most of the photos were taken in the 1990s, but the yearbooks divulged a cringeworthy 2011 snap of six students working on a human body with the organs clearly visible.

Professor Daniel Schmitt, professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University, said the photo of students smiling around a cadaver’s head may have