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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.

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