November 4, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(19):1410-1411. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510190046013

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An anomalous condition—at least anomalous at this age—exists in the state of Texas. Practitioners of medicine are required to have a knowledge of the human body and medical colleges are chartered to teach the science and art of medicine in that state, and yet there is no legal provision whereby the student or the physician can secure the dissecting material. To desecrate a grave in Texas is a crime punishable by six months' imprisonment, or a fine of $500 or less. To disinter or to carry away any human body or the remains thereof, or to conceal it knowing it to be illegally disinterred, is a crime punishable by a fine not exceeding $2,000. It is legal to dissect bodies before burial, but it is impossible to secure them legally. In 1900 a measure to legalize means of providing dissection material passed the legislature, but the governor vetoed it. In

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