Cadavers as teachers: the dissecting room experience in Thailand

  title={Cadavers as teachers: the dissecting room experience in Thailand},
  author={Andreas Winkelmann and Fritz H. G{\"u}ldner},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
  pages={1455 - 1457}
Thailand's approach to body donors offers a good model for resolving the ethical difficulties associated with student dissection 

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Consent to using human tissue

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Implied consent should suffice