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Israeli doctors may now use cadavers for training purposes

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7285.511 (Published 03 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:511
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    A new amendment to Israel's 1954 anatomy and pathology law now allows doctors to practise medical procedures on cadavers if the deceased person granted written permission in advance or the family consented after the person's death.

    New rules have been issued by the health ministry's director general, Dr Boaz Lev. In addition to this written permission, three physicians must sign a document stating that the procedure was aimed at treating patients, and only procedures on a specified list are permitted.

    In addition, if organs for transplant are to be taken from the cadaver, medical procedures for training doctors may not be performed if this will jeopardise the organ donation.

    Moreover, medical procedures will not be allowed on …

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