Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Donating Your Body to Science
BY EMILY PETSKO — MAY 31, 2019
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“I’d much rather be used for medical research than be buried,” Poulakos, 64, tells Mental Floss. “We’re not going to be using our bodies anymore anyway, so they might as well use it for whatever they need.”
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These deceased donors help to save lives. Medical students dissect cadavers to learn about anatomy. Researchers use them to study diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Surgeons use corpses to refine new procedures like face transplants. And cadavers have even aided the advancement of surgical robots.
Yet corpses can be hard to come by: An estimated 20,000 Americans donate their bodies to science each year, which equates to less than 1 percent of the 2.7 million Americans who die annually. Put simply, the demand is far greater than the supply.
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I feel the same way. I’ve instructed my primary survivor (i.e., POS, HAP, AD) when she pulls the plug to do this but she thinks it “gross”. I hope she will.
It seems such a waste to bury spare parts. And, if it can’t be used for parts, at least let the med students practice.
If I can’t do anything else right for humanity, I can do this.