Throughout anatomy’s history, bodies for anatomical examination have been obtained in various ways. Modern guidelines advise that the only ethical and educationally sound way of obtaining cadavers for anatomy is through willed body donation. However, universal adherence to these guidelines is a distant ideal. A recent review revealed that only 32% of the 71 countries surveyed obtained bodies exclusively through body donation. Other countries use either solely unclaimed bodies or both unclaimed and donated bodies, whilst some import cadavers from overseas or use the remains of executed criminals. These differences (also recorded even within regions of the same country) are the consequence of a multitude of compounding factors including economic, cultural, sociopolitical and professional ones. Further development of the global community of practice amongst anatomists, research on relevant issues, improved finances and better communication with local communities could contribute towards ethical acquisition of bodies for anatomical examination worldwide.
|Title of host publication||Teaching anatomy|
|Subtitle of host publication||a practical guide|
|Editors||Lap Ki Chan, Wojciech Pawlina|
|Place of Publication||Cham, Switzerland|
|Publisher||Springer, Springer Nature|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|