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Cadaver procurement for anatomy teaching: legislative challenges in a transition-related environment

Draskic, Marija
Published in Medicine, Science and the Law. 2010, vol. 50, no. 1, p. 45-49
Abstract BACKGROUND: Human gross anatomy is one of the cornerstones of a medical curriculum and cannot be performed without adequate cadaver procurement, which is a particular challenge for medical schools with a large student enrolment. The authors present the situation in a country with a low public awareness for willed body donor programmes and the prior absence of adequate legislation. AIM: Against this background, a comprehensive proposition of a whole-body procurement procedure was elaborated in the health-care law. RESOLVING THE PROBLEM: The main goals of the proposition were: (a) identification of options for cadaver procurement (body bequeathal programme, unclaimed bodies and body donated with the permission of the next-of-kin); (b) defining the chain of order and responsibility of institutions in informing the medical school of the possible candidate for body procurement; (c) body storage and related procedures; (e) confidentiality of the deceased's personal data; (f) burial procedure of the deceased's remains. CONCLUSIONS: The authors are convinced that the willed programme for whole-body donation is a definite aim of such a legislation. However, we suggest that the acquisition of unclaimed bodies is maintained as a temporary solution, until a satisfactory level of public awareness of the problem has been reached.
Keywords Anatomy/*education*CadaverHumansTissue and Organ Procurement/*legislation & jurisprudence
PMID: 20349695
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Research group Anatomie clinique (134)
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STIMEC, Bojan, DRASKIC, Marija, FASEL, Jean. Cadaver procurement for anatomy teaching: legislative challenges in a transition-related environment. In: Medicine, Science and the Law, 2010, vol. 50, n° 1, p. 45-49. doi: 10.1258/msl.2009.009008 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:20567

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