Sydney medical dean apologises to relatives for misuse of body partsBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39125.460440.94 (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:335
- Christopher Zinn
One of Australia's leading universities has apologised to the families of people who said that their bodies could be used for medical research, after a damaging scandal about the abuse and mismanagement of human remains in its care.
The Sydney Morning Herald said that documents from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, showed that a member of staff had fondled breasts and vaginas of bodies and used the head of one body in a degrading way (www.smh.com.au, 6 Feb, “Police probe cadaver abuse”). It also claimed that coffins were filled with parts from several bodies.
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