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September 24, 1982

The Uniform Anatomical Gift Act-Reply

JAMA. 1982;248(12):1452. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330120022021

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Abstract

In Reply.—  The UAGA has been enacted in essentially the same form in all 50 states. It provides for a competent adult to give all or part of his body for various medical purposes, with the gift to take effect upon death.A living person has the right to manage and control his own body. After an individual dies, that right to manage and control the body passes to the individual's next of kin. The UAGA affords the person a means by which to exercise control over his body after death. An individual may make a gift of his body or may indicate he does not wish such a gift to be made after his death.Only in the absence of a contrary indication by the decedent does the UAGA provision authorizing a descending order of classes of persons to make a gift of the decedent's body become operative. If

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