15 doctors weighed in:
If you want to study medicine do you have to examine dead bodies ?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
8 doctors agree
In brief: Generally yes
Examining dead bodies is essential to learning about human structure and pathology.
In theory, one could learn about structure, anatomy, through virtual dissection, however, if you concerned about examining dead bodies, how do you feel about examining living, sick, unclean, smelly bodies with ulcers. Medicine requires compassion, tolerance and empathy.

In brief: Generally yes
Examining dead bodies is essential to learning about human structure and pathology.
In theory, one could learn about structure, anatomy, through virtual dissection, however, if you concerned about examining dead bodies, how do you feel about examining living, sick, unclean, smelly bodies with ulcers. Medicine requires compassion, tolerance and empathy.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Absolutely
Medicine is a lifetime commitment to humankind.
You'll need to learn a great deal in a great many different ways. Do you learn your way around town from studying a map, or from driving around? You learn anatomy from a body. Would you want a surgeon to go directly to the living? Would you respect a physician who requests an autopsy but never saw one? You know the answer. Follow your dream.

In brief: Absolutely
Medicine is a lifetime commitment to humankind.
You'll need to learn a great deal in a great many different ways. Do you learn your way around town from studying a map, or from driving around? You learn anatomy from a body. Would you want a surgeon to go directly to the living? Would you respect a physician who requests an autopsy but never saw one? You know the answer. Follow your dream.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Lester Thompson
Reverent and respectful. Somebody while they were alive agreed to donate their body to medical students to study. That is a treasured gift.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Gross anatomy still involves a lab wherein you have the privilege of dissecting a human body.
It is still a very good way to learn anatomy, and is essential to knowing where things are.

In brief: Yes
Gross anatomy still involves a lab wherein you have the privilege of dissecting a human body.
It is still a very good way to learn anatomy, and is essential to knowing where things are.
Dr. William Walsh
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Ken Starnes
Although there has been some thought to moving away from dissection to more prosection (a professional anatomist performing the dissection) or virtual dissection, I will attest that there is nothing like seeing the anatomy for yourself. And for most people, the "ick" factor goes away very soon.
Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology
In brief: Yes
Yes, but the bodies have usually been preserved with formaldehyde so you can study them for a long period of time.
Freshly deceased bodies are reserved for the autopsy dissection area as well as the medical examiners laboratory.

In brief: Yes
Yes, but the bodies have usually been preserved with formaldehyde so you can study them for a long period of time.
Freshly deceased bodies are reserved for the autopsy dissection area as well as the medical examiners laboratory.
Dr. Stephen Berns
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