Human {Bodies} {Bequest} {Program}: {A} {Wake}-{Up} {Call} to {Tanzanian} {Medical} {Schools}

Citation:
Mazyala, Erick J., Makaranga Revocatus, Mange Manyama, Sifael Msuya, Peter Rambau, Emmanuel Kimwaga, Ndulu Magelle, Yanga Machimu, Mathayo Joshua, and Cassian C. Magori. "Human {Bodies} {Bequest} {Program}: {A} {Wake}-{Up} {Call} to {Tanzanian} {Medical} {Schools}." Advances in Anatomy. 2014 (2014): e940472.

Abstract:

Introduction. Studying anatomy through dissection of human cadavers requires a regular supply of human bodies. Tanzanian medical schools depend entirely on collecting unclaimed bodies in hospital mortuaries. This method is no longer reliable. This study aimed at evaluating sources and profile of cadavers in Tanzanian medical schools and addressing challenges and suggests appropriate lasting solutions. Methods. Seven spreadsheets were sent electronically to seven medical schools in Tanzania to capture data related to sources and profiles of cadavers received. Only 2 out of 7 responded timely. Results. 100&\#x25; of all cadavers in Tanzanian medical schools are unclaimed bodies of black population. Female cadavers accounted for 0&\#x2013;20&\#x25;. About 9 days elapse before embalmment of cadavers. Conclusion. It is the time to jump onto body bequest wagon.

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