The Importance Of Respect For The Dead

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Respect for the Dead Introduction The aim of the current essay was to discuss the cultural, ethical, and legal aspects concerning the respect for the dead. Besides, the cultural, ethical, and legal factors were correlated with the practice of anatomy, everyday observations, and personal experiences. Notably, what was regarded as appropriate respect for the dead varied based on an individual's cultural beliefs and ethical (religion or professional) considerations. Background The concerns associated with the respect for the dead emanate from the fact that the dead symbolise the shared destiny of humans and reminiscence of the dearly departed. Therefore, the dead are by design objects of fascination regardless of one's point of view. For instance, dead bodies elicit attention in both medical pathology and traditions that venerate the dead and those that forbid such forms of glorification. Therefore, the interests of the dead are not unique to the human anatomist only. Interest for the dead encompasses religion, sociology, art history, feminist theory, and law. Notably, the emerging multifaceted interest in the dead had raised fundamental questions regarding the limits of what was legal, ethical, and moral in the use of palatinates, cadaver, and dissected human (Jones 2016, p. 46). The fundamental concerns had been initially raised by humanity scholars, not pathologists. Such concerns were informed by key issues such as how were the dead bodies obtained
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