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Bequest of bodies

The University of Otago Medical School relies on the altruistic action of the public to maintain its teaching of, and research into, human anatomy. The chief value of body bequests is for teaching anatomy to health science students, including medical students.

Acquiring a sound knowledge of the structure of the human body is possible only if medical students have access to human bodies for careful dissection and study.

In recent times, our Department of Anatomy has increasingly undertaken research projects using donated bodies.

The Department of Anatomy website has further information regarding the body bequest programme.