It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Moving on to a medical school's memorial service for anatomical cadavers, she describes medical students' almost reverent attitude toward the bodies they dissected to learn anatomy and for the people who donated them. This is where Roach's nonmedical observer begins to have difficulty relating. Although her descriptions are accurate and even poignant, they lack insight into what students gain from the dissection experience, an experience that separates physicians in so many ways from the lay public.
At Wright State University in Dayton Ohio, their Anatomical Gift Program is more than just a slice and dice affair. Every year the school gets about 200 bodies. After bodies have been dissected in labs, the school honors donors and their loved ones for their generosity.
"We do have a memorial service every year in October for the family and friends of the donors who have died and have been in the program. At that time the remains of some people are interred at a cemetery here on the campus. Some families want remains back, but most have them interred," says Mark Willis, the school of medicine's director of media relations. He continues, "It's quite a moving event."
The school has been doing the service for more than 20 years and feels such memorials help loved ones say goodbye. Willis says, "The memorial service is partly secular and partly religious. It is a final rite and a final closure on the death and the grieving process." Such memorials not only provide closure for the families, but an opportunity for the university and students to express thanks.
There are more than 5,000 people registered for Wright State University's Anatomical Gift Program. If they do become donors, their gift will also be commemorated on an etched stone marker in the cemetery.
Originally posted by SunChaser
Just a quick addition to all the above, DigitalGrl, if you are interested there is a great book about cadaver research and what happens when bodies are donated etc. It is called 'Stiff' and is by a pretty well known journalist called Mary Roach.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
Here are an excerpt from a review at Medscape of the book Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers:
It makes me feel good that my posts are so carefully read.
Originally posted by deadlynightshade
One of the many uses of corpses and science Depends on the family and the will of the person. If it was a criminal or a homeless person with no family to contact then the bodies are incinerated as medical waste. I recommend the following book "Body Farm"