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Apparently, not many autopsies are performed in hospitals, because of the cost of pathologists, etc. Epidemiologically, this seems ill-advised.
A second and related problem, at least in some countries, is a lack of cadavers for medical school. Here is where working doctors could instead pass along
intractable cases to medical trainees in need of cadavers.
As a corollary rant, there also aren't enough doctors. Perhaps we should study lawyers and find out why this is. If more people were admitted and trained in medicine, it could even be a growth industry for wealthy countries with the "problem" of too many wealthy old people and not enough jobs for young people.
Things that go bump in the night
I say he's dead and I've been here longer [4and20, Jun 04 2013]
||Who knows what "other countries" might do with the
bodies. They may find out the western world is mostly
composed of chimeras. Or link our genes to our browser
histories. Not to mention Haiti and their demand for weird
body parts. What do you do when a clone shows up on your
doorstep, family is family after all? Keeping people
ignorant of human anatomy has always been an essential
part of a persons mental health, and I am not sure that the
"knowledge" is worth the risk in this case.
||<Obligatory Soylent Green reference>
||I see I left my antecedent dangling in the last sentence and the Soylent Green crowd came about to gawk. Have never read/seen Soylent Green, but this isn't a suggestion to train more doctors to create more cadavers, much as the young people might like that.
||/If more people were admitted and trained in
||Riffraff driving the prices down? Let them be