Would you be required to refuse to work on bodies donated to science for educational purposes?

  • I know this answer is no but I don't have a source at the moment. Aug 23, 2013 at 20:07

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Our views towards donating one's body for medical studies aren't so simple.

But if the body is already here, and the medical student is expected to dissect a cadaver as part of their medical education (let's assume the student is not a kohen), Rabbi Joseph Soloveichik is quoted as saying that it is wholly appropriate -- "would you go to a doctor who's never taken apart a body before?" (As heard from his student and biographer, Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff, on one of his many mp3 lectures.)

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    Only heard on one of them? :)
    – Isaac Moses
    Aug 23, 2013 at 15:06
  • @IsaacMoses, well I only listen to one at a time ...
    – Shalom
    Aug 23, 2013 at 15:11

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