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“Sale of organs” to be investigated

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 20 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:128
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    A committee of experts has been appointed by Israel's health ministry to investigate claims by a Hebrew newspaper of illegal “sales of organs” and other alleged wrongdoings at Tel Aviv's L Greenberg Institute of Forensic Medicine, the country's sole institution for the performance of postmortem examinations in cases of unnatural death.

    The ministry's director general, Dr Boaz Lev, named a retired district court judge to head the four member panel, along with others from the ministry, a Beersheba hospital, and the Hebrew University's institute of applied chemistry.

    In a weekend magazine cover story in the Yediot Aharonot Daily, reporters Ronen Bergman and Gai Gavra claimed that the institute—headed for the past 13 years by chief pathologist Professor Yehuda …

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