Tuesday, September 28, 2010

More than a Historical Gift, an Anatomical One

"Being of sound mind and 18 years or more of age, I hereby make this anatomical gift to take effect upon my death, with the specification designated below..."

This anatomical gift card belonged to Dr. Loren Pankratz, a faculty member in the Psychiatry Department. He thinks it is the perhaps the oldest anatomical gift card still in existence, and it is certainly one of the earliest!

Since the first of the Uniform Anatomical Gift Acts in 1968, several revisions to the act have been made.
The original Uniform Anatomical Gift Act was promulgated in 1968, shortly after Dr. Christian Barnard’s successful transplant of a heart in November, 1967. It was promptly and uniformly enacted in every jurisdiction. The 1968 UAGA created the power, not yet recognized at common law, to donate organs, eyes and tissue, in an immediate gift to a known donee or to any donee that might need an organ to survive. -UAGA Summary
We're lucky to have such a specimen to add to our collection.

By the way, don't forget about the History of Medicine Society Lecture this Friday, October 1st. Genius or Crackpot?

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