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Honouring the Unspoken Teachers
How Dal's Human Body Donation programs make unique
contributions to the advancement of medicine
“What’s learned in the anatomy lab has a direct impact on patient care in our hospitals and clinics around the Maritimes. In this way, a donation of one’s body literally becomes the gift of life,” said Dean of Medicine, Dr. David Anderson.
The the annual memorial and interment service for Dalhousie University’s
Human Body Donation Program was held in late June.
Hosted by the Department of Medical Neuroscience, the emotional yet inspirational service provides an opportunity for Dalhousie students from many health disciplines who work in the anatomical laboratory to express their gratitude for the gift of knowledge bestowed by the donors and their families.
The event pays respect to the more than 150 donors and families who, at some point in the past three years, chose to make the ultimate contribution to medical education and research by agreeing to donate one’s remains to benefit the medical science.
“Your loved ones must have possessed certain virtues to defer their interment, their last rites, until today. These humanitarian virtues — generosity, philanthropy, altruism — have come to mind at some time or another as we have worked with them at the university,” said first year medical student, Jordan Boudreau.
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