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Willed Body

Houston, Texas

The Alkek Building at Baylor College of Medicine
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
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Willed Body Program

Anatomy, the study of the structure of the human body, is one of the most important courses in the education of physicians and other allied health professionals. In most of these fields, the study of anatomy comes first in the curriculum and serves as the foundation for other courses.

It is increasingly necessary for physicians and other biomedical scientists to conduct special anatomical studies and research to keep pace with advances in medical science. Anatomical bequests are greatly appreciated as each contributes directly to new understandings.

To assure that maximum benefit is derived from this contribution, a medical school may transfer, at its discretion, a body to other teaching or research institutions within Texas, if the needs of such institutions are deemed appropriate. With the permission of the donor at the time of donation, the Anatomical Board may also transport a willed/ donated body out of the state in the event that the holding institution and the executive secretary of that board have determined that an excess of bodies currently exists in the Texas.

Willing your body for medical education and research is a very noble and humanitarian gesture for which we are deeply grateful. However, in some circumstances, the College cannot accept or use the body. This in no way lessens the sincerity of your intent or our gratitude for your effort.

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