Using a Cadaver to Practice and Teach
Iserson, Kenneth V.
Culver, Charles M.
Hastings Center Report. 1986 Jun; 16(3): 28-29.
The question is raised whether cadavers should be used, immediately after death, to practice critical, life-saving procedures without the consent of family members. Iserson justifies such practice because of the need for adequate training of medical staff and the minimal harm done to the cadaver. Culver argues that proceeding with such training without obtaining family permission can lead to great harm when relatives or the community discover that the hospital's doctors are practicing procedures on the dead. He maintains that the anxiety and loss of trust generated outweigh the staff's need for training. (KIE abstract)
Attitudes; Attitudes to Death; Biomedical Technologies; Cadavers; Critically Ill; Consent; Death; Deception; Doctors; Education; Emergency Care; Family Members; Harm; Hospitals; Human Experimentation; Institutional Policies; Legal Aspects; Life; Medical Education; Physician Patient Relationship; Presumed Consent; Psychological Stress; Religion; Resuscitation; Resuscitation Orders; Risks and Benefits; Relatives; Residency; Third Party Consent; Trust;
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