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Book and Media Reviews
September 2, 2009

Speaking for the Dead: The Human Body in Biology and Medicine

JAMA. 2009;302(9):1007-1008. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1294

The first edition of Speaking for the Dead: Cadavers in Biology and Medicine, by D. Gareth Jones, was published in 2000 and constituted a milestone in the anatomical literature. Here was someone who acknowledged the urgency of the ethical question surrounding the human body not only in life, but also in death; someone who formulated a complex of questions surrounding contemporary anatomical work and tried to answer them in a comprehensive fashion. Where do the bodies for dissection come from? Do they have an ethical significance? Do they have dignity? What can be done or not done with them? What has historically been done with them? In his first edition, Jones covered a wide area and suggested answers to many questions.

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