Body donation in India: a review

Shrikant A. Rokade, B. H. Bahetee


The study of anatomy is inseparable from cadaveric dissection.  However scarcity of cadavers is felt all over the world. Body donation is the preferred and major source of cadavers worldwide. It is defined as an informed and free act of giving one’s whole body after death for medical education and research. This article gives a brief review of history of body donation. It reveals the details about who can donate and who can accept the body along with procedure followed to donate body in India. It discusses the donors’ attitude behind body donation and factors preventing people from body donation. It deals with approach of various religions towards body donation. It discusses some important ways to overcome the scarcity of bodies in India and the world.


Gross anatomy, Cadaveric dissection, Body donation, Body bequest

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