Thursday, July 9, 2009

Michael Jackson, what?

The religious picture in this country is really special- equal parts Muslim, Christian, and traditional belief, patients from all these backgrounds walk in to the hospital for us to see, sometimes to very peculiar effect.

One pediatric physician, a Christian man with a Masai background, said that he was very impressed with the remarks made by the preacher at "the American singer's" funeral. I assumed he meant Jesse Jackson, who I think spoke at Michael Jackson's funeral? The doctor then asked me why Michael was buried without his brain. I explained that I didn't know anything about this. The doctor said that his friends were talking about it and that they didn't understand why Americans are buried without their brains. I told him that as far as I knew, most people meet their maker brains intact, but perhaps Jackson is an exception? Is his brain going to a museum or something?? Someone please comment. :)


  1. My understanding is that part of his brain was removed to perform toxicolgy tests - and would be returned to the family (not sure how that works though!!!) Apparently he has not been buried yet - but is in a temporary holding location.

  2. Yep, they removed his brain to perform some neuropathology tests to try and conclude the cause of his death. Apparently they weren't done testing in time for the burial on Tuesday, so they just buried him without his brain. Part of me still thinks this is just an elaborate hoax, but its been all over the news.

    Sounds like you guys are having a great time. I'm really enjoying your posts. Keep them coming!


  3. Americans aren't burried with their brains due to the zombie invasion of 1994. It was decided that people should be burried brainless because, as everyone knows, you have to shoot zombies in the head to kill them. If they don't have brains, they can't become zombies. This is now common practice in the western world to prevent zombies.