Body Donation is the donation of the whole body after death for medical research and education. Body Donation is useful for understanding the human body and for advancing science. Medical schools use whole embalmed bodies to teach anatomy to medical students. Any person wishing to donate their body may be required, but not always, to make prior arrangements with the local medical school, hospital, or Body Donation program before death. Individuals may request a consent form, and will be supplied information about policies and procedures that will take place after the potential donor is deceased.
Each country may have differing regulations surrounding the donation of the body or body parts.
Some leaders donated their body for medical research like communist leader Jyoti Basu and Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh. Many people in India donate their bodies after death by signing a pledge form with two accompanying witness signatures.
Why is Body Donation so important?
Human bodies are used to teach students about the structure of the body and how it works. The bodies are also required to train surgeons and other healthcare professionals. The medical institutions receive dead bodies (called cadavers) by voluntary donations as also the unclaimed bodies provided by the Police. These donations are highly valued by staff and students in medical institutions.
Anatomy is the study of the structure of the human body and is one of the most important courses in the education of physicians, dentists and other health professionals. It serves as a foundation for other medical courses. Bodies are also used by research physicians in the development of many new life saving surgical procedures, for example, surgical approaches to various internal organs amongst others.
Anatomical bequests are much appreciated and contribute greatly to our understanding of the human body. Anyone considering the option of donating their body to science should know that their gift will be great valued. It will play a critical role in helping medical students to master the complex anatomy of the human body and will provide researchers with the essential tools to help our patients of tomorrow.
Are they any limitations or conditions on Body Donation?
Though most institutions welcome the offer of a donation, there are certain medical conditions may lead to the offer being declined. Medical schools can give you more information about these conditions and any other reasons why a Body Donation may be declined.
Post-mortem examination (sometimes referred to as an ‘autopsy’) is an important reason why a medical school might decline the offer of a Body Donation. We recommend that potential donors and their families are prepared to consider alternative arrangements in these circumstances, which can arise unexpectedly. Depending on the circumstances of a person’s death, a post-mortem examination may be required.
How to donate your Body
You need to identify and get in touch with Medical Colleges or Body Donation NGO’s around
India in order to register your wish at a medical college in your city.
You can obtain this information by clicking on the green button above
(Pan-India Body Donation Directory) and finding an organization in India near you.