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Inquiry finds brains were removed without consent

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7398.1051 (Published 15 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1051
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The UK government is planning a new human tissue bill for England in response to a report published this week that stated that thousands of brains had been removed during postmortem examinations over the past 30 years without prior family consent and kept for mental health research.


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    Many doctors did not realise that they were breaking the law by failing to seek the consent of relatives for the retention of brains for research

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    The inquiry, led by Her Majesty's Inspector of Anatomy, Dr Jeremy Metters, was prompted by …

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