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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