Chicago Tribune, December 16, 1892. A dozen students said this in chorus? Jeez, they sure aren’t possessed of many devils or anything, no sir.
This fun-with-dead-bodies-in-med school story was a real perennial, as we shall see. I believe this sort of thing still goes on today, even if med schools no longer rely on grave robbers to obtain subjects for gross anatomy classes. “Yes, the cadavers are worthless–no longer fit to eat and too stiff to have sex with, so we just let the Initiates have their little fun with them. . . “
“Cutting up didos” is a pleasingly high-falutin’ way of talking, if you look into its etymology. I want to see this phrase back in circulation stat.