Most states permit government officials to donate unclaimed bodies to medical schools, with no legal requirement for prior approval from the deceased or their next of kin.
The short answer: It’s complicated – and depends, in part, where you live.
The lessons students learn from dissecting donor bodies go beyond anatomy – and they try to pay that gift forward.
This particularly physical kind of philanthropy caught on in the mid-20th century.
Why you should consider donating your body to research once you die.
Dissection is important for developing a range of skills, as well as moral and ethical training and a humanistic approach to patient care.
Dissection also plays an important role in introducing students to death. It provides moral and ethical training for students as well as a humanistic approach to patient care.