Respectful storage of dead patients needs to be addressed

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7309.398/b (Published 18 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:398
  1. Ruth Richardson, historian
  1. 35 Hartham Road, London N7 9JQ

    EDITOR—It is easy to dismiss the public response to events at Bedford Hospital and ascribe it to ignorance and stupidity. Although Notcutt seems to regard any treatment of dead bodies as permissible, such a view is not widely held outside the profession.1

    I am a historian of the British culture of death and can assure Notcutt that the outrage is not as bizarre as he would have us believe. Nor was it the realities of death that provoked it. Recent scandals—at Bristol, at Alder Hey, …

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