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October 6, 1962

Bodies Willed to Science

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1815 S. W. 23rd St., Miami 45, Fla.

JAMA. 1962;182(1):96. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050400098026

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To the Editor:—  I got the message. When the passing bell will toll for me, my body will go to the department of anatomy of my beloved alma mater. Your editorial of June 9, "To Him for Whom the Passing-Bell Next Tolls" (180:830), caused me to make this decision.The upkeep of graves is costly for the family. A buried body is of no use to anyone. It occupies valuable property which could serve better purposes. We all know death is inevitable but why should we be reminded of it every time we pass a cemetery.Bodies willed to medical schools will be useful not only in the teaching of basic anatomy, but also in atomic research, and in the acquisition of greater surgical skill and proficiency in the delicate surgery of the heart, brain, and eye and inner ear.

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