Anatomical Sciences Education
Copyright © 2014 American Association of Anatomists
Virtual Issue: Body Bequest Programs
Regardless of the source, human cadavers have been used in medical science education and research for centuries. Currently, cadavers are primarily obtained through donation programs that provide individuals with a unique opportunity in which they can make a lasting and meaningful contribution to medical science.
This selfless act not only helps train future physicians but also leads to better management and treatment of disease. Throughout the world, however, the donation of bodies is not widely accepted and many medical students are not able to experience this unique educational opportunity. Similarly, physicians do not have the opportunity to use cadavers in the development of new and improved treatment capabilities.
Due to the variety of situations that exist around the world related to the donation of bodies, Anatomical Sciences Education has published articles related to this important topic since its first issue just over 4 years ago. This special virtual issue is a collection of these papers.
Giving ourselves: the ethics of anatomical donation.
Age modulates attitudes to whole body donation among medical students.
Perry GF, Ettarh RR
Student attitudes to whole body donation are influenced by dissection.
Cahill KC, Ettarh RR
Promotion of body donation and use of cadavers in anatomical education at the University of Padova.
De Caro R, Macchi V, Porzionato A.
Knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding whole body donation among medical professionals in a hospital in India.
Ballala K, Shetty A, Malpe SB
Body donation in India: Social awareness, willingness, and associated factors.
Rokade SA, Gaikawad AP
The trend of body donation for education based on Korean social and religious culture.
Park JT, Jang Y, Park MS, Pae C, Park J, Hu KS, Park JS, Han SH, Koh KS, Kim HJ
The reliance on unclaimed cadavers for anatomical teaching by medical schools in Africa.
Gangata H, Ntaba P, Akol P, Louw G