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Speaking for the Dead

The Human Body in Biology and Medicine, 2nd Edition

By D. Gareth Jones, Maja I. Whitaker

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Speaking for the Dead is an incisive examination of the highly topical and often controversial issues surrounding the use of human cadavers in scientific research. Fully revised and updated to include recent developments in this area, this new edition incorporates the repeated organ scandals in the UK, body parts scandals in the United States, and the abuses of bodies in China. The book provides new material on neuroimaging, neuroethics and Alzheimer's disease and the major ethical issues they raise for society, in addition to discussing plastination in the form of BodyWorlds types of exhibitions. As human anatomists and bioethicists, the authors offer a unique perspective on these issues, crossing the boundaries between clinical, medical, legal and ethical concerns. Their exploration of both historical and contemporary data results in a clear and comprehensive examination of issues at the forefront of bioethics. With its clear writing style and use of non-technical language Speaking for the Dead will be an essential book for all those interested in bioethics, an area which continues to increase in significance with the development of new techniques for the manipulation of human cadavers. As human anatomists and bioethicists, the authors offer a unique perspective on these issues, crossing the boundaries between clinical, medical, legal and ethical concerns. Their exploration of historical developments as well as their analyses of recent case studies result in a pertinent and comprehensive examination of issues at the forefront of bioethics.

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Rated as 'Research Essential' by Baker & Taylor Speaking for the Dead is a treasure trove for anatomists, anthropologists, and physicians of every discipline. The text will be informative and educational to anyone interested in matters of the human body and the ethical questions associated with it. The second edition has integrated new subjects like plastination and provides the reader with important introductions to complex problems.' Journal of the American Medical Association 'I can thoroughly recommended this book as an extremely readable, scholarly and balanced account of ethical issues surrounding the use of human body parts and tissues. All health care professionals and researchers from students to retired practitioners would find it a fascinating and informative read.' New Zealand Medical Journal Reviews of the first edition: '…an important contribution to an area of bioethics which is likely to grow in topicality…fascinating…' New Law Journal '…the first comprehensive and systematic treatment on the ethics of human cadavers…a fascinating book. It provides required and enjoyable reading for all those who are interested in the ethics and history of using human cadavers, including academics in bioethics and medical humanities, medical students, medical professionals, as well as the general public.' Medical Humanities Review 'I would recommend this book to a broad audience - lay persons, doctors and philosophers - for its simplicity, eloquence and viewpoint. It is a thought provoking work, and engrossing to read.' Journal of Medical Ethics '…offers an insightful and wide-ranging review of why the interests of the dead should be understood and respected…' Res Publica 'Speaking for the Dead: The Human Body in Biology and Medicine is an interesting and thought-provoking review of ethical issues surrounding the human body in medicine, medical education and scientific research…relevant, timely, and insightful…The authors consi

About the Authors

Professor D. Gareth Jones is Professor of Anatomy and Structural Biology, Otago School of Medical Sciences, University of Otago. He has published widely on the areas of synaptic plasticity and bioethical issues. Maja I. Whitaker is Assistant Research Fellow, Anatomy and Structural Biology, Otago School of Medical Sciences, University of Otago.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW052000
LAW / Jurisprudence