Von Hagens faces investigation over use of bodies without consentBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7423.1068-c (Published 06 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1068
- Annette Tuffs
Gunther von Hagens, the pioneer of body plastination–the technique of preserving bodies by saturating them with polymer resin–and who was criticised for his televised autopsy in London, is under investigation in the former Soviet state of Kyrgyzstan and in Heidelberg, Germany.
He is accused of using bodies without permission and of falsely carrying the title of professor from Heidelberg University. However, in both cases he denies any illegal acts and accuses the other side of misinformation.
Since 1995 he has carried …