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A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
Speaking for the Dead: The Human Body in Biology and Medicine 2nd ed isbn 9780754674528

Speaking for the Dead

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ISBN13: 9780754620730
ISBN: 0754620735
New Edition ISBN: 9780754674528
Published: March 2001
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This text explores issues surrounding the use of human cadavers and human tissues in science and medicine. This is an area of increasing significance in contemporary society, as more and more techniques become available for manipulating human genes and human material (including embryos, body organs and brain tissue).;These issues are explored through case studies from contemporary society. Some of the most topical issues examined include plastination of human bodies as an art form, the use of biopsies from surgical operations, the ethics of using human DNA and stem cells in research, and the debate surrounding the transplantation of animal tissue and organs into humans.

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Medical Law
Part 1 Cadavers as images of ourselves: anatomy and the culture of dissection; the world of the dead body; locating anatomy; anatomy and art; the ethos and ethics of anatomical science.
Part 2 History and contemporary ethos of dissection: anatomy, history and society; the ethical significance of the dead body; obtaining bodies for dissection; why people bequeath their bodies for dissection; is it ethical to use unclaimed bodies?; cadavers as a teaching tool; the centrality of dissection for understanding the human body.
Part 3 Acceptable and unacceptable uses of cadavers and tissues: body parts, organs and tissues of the body; the place of autopsies in the world of medicine; can cadavers be abused?; unethical experiments on humans - what can they teach us?.
Part 4 Human skeletal remains -when indigenous concerns conflict with scientific aspirations: background; policy developments; scientific interest and indigenous concerns; guidelines for study of human skeletal remains; skeletal material as teaching tools.
Part 5 Organ and tissue transplantation - further uses of cadavers: human organ transplantation; consent in cadaveric organ donation; organ transplantation in infants - the use of anencephalics; neural transplantation - the use of foetuses; transplantation of foetal gametes for assisted fertilization; stem cells as sources of tissues and organs; xenotransplantation - crossing species boudaries.
Part 6 Cadavers that may not be cadavers: brain death in historical context; definitions of death and brain death; whole brain definition of death; higher brain definition of death; persistent vegetative state; a continuum from life to death.
Part 7 Uses of human embryos and foetuses: when are human embryos of ethical significance? - the place of biology; pre-embryo; from brain death to brain birth; embryos as proto-cadavers.