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April 7, 1888


JAMA. 1888;X(14):431-433. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400400019003

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House Bill No. 5040, for the promotion of anatomical science and to prevent the desecration of graves in the District of Columbia, was discussed in the House of Representatives on March 26, and will, we learn, come up for final action on April 9. The Bill is not peculiar in any respect, and differs but little from those now in force in most of the States in which there are medical colleges. It provides, briefly, that the bodies of such deceased persons as are required to be buried at public expense shall be delivered to the medical colleges of the District of Columbia, under certain conditions; among which are, that the person thus dead has not requested burial, that public notice shall be given of such death for forty-eight hours previous to delivery to the colleges, and that the person was not an honorably discharged soldier or sailor or member

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