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Some 308 bodies donated to medical colleges since 2012

Independent.ie News Desk

Published 06/04/2015 | 10:48

The bodies were used by medical students as part of their anatomy tuition
The bodies were used by medical students as part of their anatomy tuition

More than 300 bodies have been left to Irish medical schools over the last three years, new figures reveal.

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Between 2012 and 2014, some 308 people allowed themselves to be dissected by students to help their development as doctors.

Donors ranged from their mid-40s to over 100-years-old.

The Medical Independent received the figures following a Freedom of Information requests.

Publishing the data, the MI found that the donations were given to five of the six medical schools in the country.

Of these, 94 bodies were donated to the Royal College of Surgeons, 66 to University College Cork, 54 to NUI Galway, 48 to Trinity College Dublin, and 46 to University College Dublin.

The donation programme allows students to learn through the study of the bodies as part of their anatomy tuition.

Subsequently, donor bodies are returned to their families.

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