Few ethical dilemmas are patently resolved. One such moral conundrum is the following: would it be unethical if, during an anatomy exam, you felt around your own body to determine the location of bony structures and muscle insertions? Taking this a step further, what if you incised your own skin to view the underlying muscles, vasculature, and nerves?
Granted, this would be a drastic action, and one that would more immediately conjure up the question of where to send someone who would do such a thing (the “crazy house” would probably be agreed upon). But one would have to feel some sort of emotion – not “respect,” but something else – for the purported “cheater,” even if just an acknowledgment of his ballsiness.
The body is a cheat sheet no man can take away. In my estimation, the man who would slice himself for this should be institutionalized, but not before he is given an honorary doctorate for doing all he can to further the pursuit of knowledge, even at his own expense.
It’s just a grade, people…not worth losing blood over. Don’t get any ideas.