Bioethics Discussion Blog: Teaching the Painting the Human Body: The Use of Cadavers

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Teaching the Painting the Human Body: The Use of Cadavers

Should students who are learning to create paintings of the human body be allowed to have the opportunity to look at and then paint human cadavers? Shouldn't art students have the same opportunity to inspect and draw the human body from the dead as medical students have such an opportunity to learn human anatomy? Should such use be publicized and people asked to donate themselves after death to be a model for an art student? Should unclaimed cadavers be used for this purpose? What is the difference between the use by an art student and that use by a medical student? Is there an ethical difference? Are there certain limits which should be set for the use of the dead by others? If so, what should they be? Many questions..can anyone write an answer? ..Maurice.

2 Comments:

At Wednesday, February 24, 2010 2:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe this is a non-issue. When I attended UCSF 30 years ago, they offered a Master of Science degree in medical illustration.

I'm not sure if they still offer it, but many medical and dental schools across the country offer an MA or MS in the field.

These folks are sought after since there are so few of them.

BH

 
At Thursday, April 01, 2010 8:14:00 AM, Blogger swf said...

I don't think that it is logical to assume that anyone in either career path is any more "ethical" or "moral" than the other. If your goal is to donate your body for learning opportunities, then I see no difference in a med student versus an art student. Respect in death is really a matter of trust in someone, whether a coroner, mortuary, family member, or facility.

 

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