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.