→ Intro - Physical Science Embalming
The chemistry of science as it relates to embalming has been long analyzed and interpreted by many. This article is to bring to light the science that has been less acknowledged by the embalming community. We refer to the science of Physics to explain the physical science of flowing fluids, specifically fluid dynamics.
Physical science in conjunction with the Chemical science is responsible for the embalming procedure, and knowledge of one without the other can ultimately lead to a failed operation and an unsatisfied client family. The Physical science of embalming accounts for how fluid is distributed within the vascular system, whereas the Chemical science accounts for the effect the fluid will have on the tissue. A good knowledge of both will lead the embalmer to a greater understanding of where and how to make adjustments to achieve positive results.
As a short example, please consider a known working solution for an edema case. The water has been retained within the legs of the deceased. The operator will use a waterless solution of a high index chemical, and consider salts as well. The operator will use a single point injection via carotid artery and drainage from the jugular vein. This Chemical approach to the problem can prove successful in reducing the tissue in the legs; however, it could cause massive dehydration to the upper extremities. So allow us to ask: is there a Physical approach to this problem which could yield greater results with less effort or room for error?
You might agree, after reading on, that there are many superior Physical approaches to this problem.
-The Mortuary Scientist
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