BODY DONATION: WHY AND HOW?
Associate Professor Geney Gunston, clinical anatomist and educator, Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town
Tuesday 23 January 9.15 am COURSE FEES R110; Staff and students R55
Whole body donation is a rare gift, which is vital for the teaching of anatomy to medical, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, communication science disorders and science students, and for the training of professionals, such as surgeons, in new techniques and for research.
This lecture will include the history of body donation and current techniques for preserving human tissue. Is this a dying art? Can advances in technology teach us just as much about anatomy as a real body? What are the ethical and practical challenges associated with the use of bodies for learning anatomy? In addition to these questions, prospective donors, together with their families and friends may have questions about costs, criteria, consent, logistics, respect, dedication ceremonies and the return of remains. All these topics will be addressed, with time allowed for questions to be answered.
Participants have the option of a tour of the department of Human Biology at no cost. Please see page 15 for details.
Please note that the maximum number of participants for this tour is 25. Booking is on a first-come first-served basis.