Wednesday, March 23, 2011

As a whole, they're doing fine

     But they won't be whole for long. These donated bodies will be dismembered piece by piece as  medical students learn what is appropriately referred to as "gross anatomy.'
   "The body is destroyed once the year is over," a Northwestern University medical student says. "There's nothing left."
    He won't be donating his body to science, and he doesn't want his mother to, either.
    On a rational level, this humane gesture makes perfect sense. But very few people -- a small fraction of one percent -- actually go through with it.
    My father did, and I regret it. The story is above, behind the tab, "Daddy." 
    In an upcoming post, I'll explore the sordid, multimillion-dollar marketplace for body parts.