Health authorities need to develop a nationally consistent, sensible, ethical and jurisdictionally feasible process for disposal of educational human bone sets
The study of anatomy is integral to the study of medicine. It lies at an interface between the need for body parts for research and education and the ethical responsibility to show respect for the dead.1 In the 20th century, human skeletons were acquired on a mass scale as medical students were encouraged to purchase sets of human bones. Attempts to institute a legal market were overtaken by traders using illicit international sources, particularly India, as demand outstripped supply.2 The ethical, legal and practical issues were largely ignored.3
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