Posted on August 10, 2019 at 1:42 PM
Unlike organ donation, which is heavily regulated, whole body donation is not. What happens to a donated body depends on the kind of center to which it goes. For example,
- Medical Schools – teach medical students
- Universities – teach forensics
- Military – learn how bombs affect bodies
A new lawsuit alleges that the actual use of a donated body exceeded the scope of consent.
Jim Stauffer signed a form authorizing medical research on his mother’s body. He also checked a box prohibiting military, traffic-safety and other non-medical experiments. In fact, Stauffer’s body became part of an Army experiment to measure damage caused by roadside bombs.