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Leaving your body to medical science.


Chronos the 2nd

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I would quite like to do this but it seems a pretty convoluted process to arrange.

Anyone done it? If so how did you go about it?

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morddwyd

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My father always made his wishes pretty clear that he wanted his body to go to science.

When he went not only did they not want it, which would have grieved him greatly, but they were pretty offhand about the whole matter and gave me twenty four hours to remove his body from the hospital mortuary.

My views are a little jaundiced!

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WhiteTruckMan

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Just as long as I don't get stuck with the delivery!

WTM

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Al94

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If you have seen what some medical students get up to with cadavers you wouldn't bother!

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Bing.alau

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A194. I hope the others take it seriously, if they don't I will come back and haunt the buggers.

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fourm member

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Al94

I don't know how much fact is behind that comment and how much is urban myth. Either way, my wife and I like to think of her mother's skeleton coming out for the students' Christmas party.

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spider9

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A194

Does it really matter what happens to the bone and gristle of a cadaver? The body is dead, why would you/they be concerned? Presumably people will have 'paid their respects' to the deceased prior to this.

If you have concerns about the dead person being 'mistreated' then, obviously you just burn them, or bury them!! Much nicer for them, don't you think??

Medical students have a hard time, it's not all 'white coats and beautiful nurses', and dissection of bodies can hardly be classified as fun, so if some of them do, from time to time, exhibit traits of 'black humour' in the mortuary, then so be it.

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Quickbeam

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Quickbeam

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Pre-cute Disney skeleton short.

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fourm member

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When I've looked at this in the past, the cost of getting the body to the medical school had to be paid for by the donor's estate or relatives but I see from the link that it says donors have to be local because the medical schools can't afford to pay long distance transport charges.

At that time, it said donations shouldn't be seen as a means of avoiding funeral charges.

I'd say depriving the money grabbing funeral industry of money is a very good reason to donate. I think a dead body is just waste material so I didn't succumb to the emotional blackmail of the funeral director when my mother died. But he made it perfectly clear that going for the lowest cost options showed I didn't really love my mum.

I fear many people are exploited and end up paying £000s because they fall for the hard sell delivered in reverential whispers.

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exdragon

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My dad left his body to medical science and 18 months afterwards, my mother was told that they had finished with it. They organised a little service to scatter the ashes at place of her choice, and some of the consultants who had been involved with the 'donation' attended and told her how useful it had been.

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