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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 429  

Celebrations with dead: Psychological necessity of a newly opened medical college


Department of Medicine, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Hospitals, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication27-Nov-2013

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Ramesh Aggarwal
Department of Medicine, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Hospitals, New Delhi 110 001
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.122255

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Aggarwal R. Celebrations with dead: Psychological necessity of a newly opened medical college. Indian J Psychol Med 2013;35:429

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Aggarwal R. Celebrations with dead: Psychological necessity of a newly opened medical college. Indian J Psychol Med [serial online] 2013 [cited 2020 May 28];35:429. Available from: http://www.ijpm.info/text.asp?2013/35/4/429/122255

Sir,

It is neither strange nor absurd when we welcome a newborn in the family but it is unheard to celebrate the arrival of a dead. This happens in a medical college awaiting recognition to start MBBS course for lack of dead bodies. The medical profession is unique in many senses; one aspect of which is living with dead. [1] This training starts from the very 1 st day of a medical student when they dissect the human body. [2] However, equally difficult aspect for a medical college is to procure a dead body for these students. The legal and the emotional issues associated with the dead person and the complicated political and bureaucratic regulations play a key hurdle in getting the dead [3],[4] and hence when these hurdles are overcome, the medical college celebrates the arrival of new dead comer. It is an irony that the celebrations are done first for the dead and then for the new comers (medical students) in a newly opened medical college. Despite this, it is needless to say that no other profession is as fearless as medical profession, which makes student learn both on living and dead. [5]

 
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2.Cornwall J, Stringer MD. The wider importance of cadavers: Educational and research diversity from a body bequest program. Anat Sci Educ 2009;2:234-7.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.Rath G, Garg K. Inception of cadaver dissection and its relevance in present day scenario of medical education. J Indian Med Assoc 2006;104:331-3.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
4.Stimec BV, Draskic M, Fasel JH. Cadaver procurement for anatomy teaching: Legislative challenges in a transition-related environment. Med Sci Law 2010;50:45-9.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
5.Garment A, Lederer S, Rogers N, Boult L. Let the dead teach the living: The rise of body bequeathal in 20 th -century America. Acad Med 2007;82:1000-5.  Back to cited text no. 5
    




 

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