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Medical News & Perspectives
August 11, 1999

Heading for Better Health Care in Peru

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JAMA. 1999;282(6):517-518. doi:10.1001/jama.282.6.517-JMN0811-4-1

Lima, Peru—A crate containing seven severed heads sits embargoed in customs at Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez, just outside this capital city.

They are a gift to Uldarico Rocca, MD, who wants to use them as teaching aids for his neurosurgeon colleagues at the Guillermo Almenara I hospital in Lima. The problem is that someone has classified the heads as cadavers, which means they need embalming and death certificates before being allowed into the country.

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