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From: "John de Rivaz" <>
Subject: Re: Compulsory post mortem dissection
Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 10:12:49 +0100

Readers of the thread on sci.cryonics, sci.med.pathology, uk.legal,uk.misc,
uk.philosophy.atheism, uk.politics.misc concerning compulsory post mortem
dissection (also known as
"post mortem *examination* " - a misnomer designed to deceive if ever there
was one!) may be interested in this transcript from the BBC.


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Issues raised includes consent, importance of medical research, and the
similarities between organ harvesting and post mortem dissections.

This story, dated 10 May, on a report relating to an enquiry on proposed
changes in the law


included the following:

Before *gaining consent* for a post-mortem a coroner should ensure parents
know why it is being carried out, whether any tissues or organs will be
removed, and what will happen to it.

which suggests that I (and those who voted on http://www.autopsychoice.com
for informed choice) are by no means alone in thinking that coroners' powers
to order dissections should be constrained by informed consent. [asterisk
emphasis is mine]

Anyone new to this thread is reminded that there is a series of votes on
this and related health issues on

Another useful link which gives the background is
and again hints at legislation.

Anyone reading this using an NNTP server and who has missed the whole of the
discussion can also find it using a search for "Compulsory post mortem
dissection" on

It has been going on some while, so set the dates back if you want to see it

Sincerely, John de Rivaz
my homepage links to Longevity Report, Fractal Report, music, Inventors'
report, an autobio and various other projects:
http://www.autopsychoice.com - http://www.cryonics-europe.org -

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