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Medical students rob graves for skeletons

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0407271 (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:0407271
  1. Karen Hebert1
  1. 1Bristol

Afghan medical students are robbing graves for skeletons, according to a report by news agency AFP. Medical students in Afghanistan are required to have a skeleton with which to study anatomy and are expected to buy or otherwise get a skeleton themselves. In a country still experiencing extreme post-war poverty, this is financially impossible for most students.

The Japanese government recently donated a number of anatomical models to the University of Kabul, …

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