Anatomy: ANATOMY Bodies by Bequest

When Grace Metalious, author of Peyton Place, died in Boston's Beth Israel Hospital last year, she left a written statement donating her body "in the interests of medical science" to Dartmouth or Harvard Medical School. But Novelist Metalious' daughter said no.And since in Massachusetts, as in about half of the 50 states, a bequest of one's own body is not legally binding, the daughter's objection prevailed. Even without it, Dartmouth would have lost out for another reason: like most states, Massachusetts forbids shipment of bodies for dissection across its borders, and Dartmouth is...

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