For Anatomy Labs in Search of Cadavers, Assisted-Dying Law Brings Scheduled Arrivals, and Ethical Complications

April 15, 2019

(The Globe and Mail) – In a paper published this month in the journal Anatomical Sciences Education, Dr. Wainman and a New Zealand colleague are now looking to fill that chasm in knowledge – one brought on by the fact that Canada’s nearly three-year-old federal assisted-dying law is something of a double-edged scalpel for anatomy programs. The law opens up an important new source of good-quality cadavers, but it also raises delicate questions about how anatomy programs should deal with grievously ill patients and families who contact them about body donation while they are exploring the option of a physician-assisted death.