Cadaver Use Policy
The Institute of Human Anatomy (IHA) takes the donation and care of our cadavers very seriously. We work with a number of cadaver providers and adhere to all protocols associated with their use. We are incredibly grateful to those that make the selfless decision to donate their bodies to medical and educational study. We are humbled by the ability to provide millions of people across the globe with knowledge of human anatomy and physiology with the utmost respect for those that make it possible.
From the earliest days of cadaveric study the Latin phrase, Mortui vivos docent (the deceased teach the living), has been a guiding principle in medical schools all over the world. As human beings living on this planet, one thing we all have in common is our physical bodies. We live in an accelerated time of medical learning and technological advancement and yet millions of people, due to a number of variables, do not understand some basics of their very own anatomy.
Our purpose at IHA is to educate as many people that we can about human anatomy and physiology. We could not do this without those that donate. We have great respect for those that do and for their families. It is an amazing opportunity to teach so many people and our gratitude to those that make it possible is immeasurable. Thank you, donors. You are making a positive impact on millions of people.