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Cadavers honored in med student dissection lab

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Medical student Malik Abdullah, left, speaks with Joan Terry about her sister, donor Judy A. Clemens, after a memorial service for bodies donated to science at Indiana University School of Medicine -- Northwest.

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Medical student Jennifer L. Peugh plays "Concertino" during a memorial service for bodies donated to science at Indiana University School of Medicine -- Northwest.

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A military honor guard folds the flag of a Vietnam veteran and anonymous donor during a memorial service for bodies donated to science at Indiana University School of Medicine -- Northwest. During the hour long service, relatives of donors gather around the steel tables where their loved ones were dissected along with the medical students who worked on the bodies during the previous semester.

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Rev. James Wetzstein speaks during the hourlong memorial service, where relatives of the donors gather around the steel tables where their loved ones were dissected with the medical students who worked on the bodies during the previous semester. The students read letters of appreciation, clergy offer prayers, and tears are shed.

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Medical student Sarah F. Shaaban reads from the Quran during a memorial service for bodies donated to science. The program is geared toward teaching the medical students that this is not merely a cadaver, but a person, and their first patient.

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When medical students have finished their study and practice on cadavers, they often hold a respectful memorial service to honor these bodies donated to science. But the ceremonies at Indiana University School of Medicine-Northwest have a surreal twist: Relatives gather around the cold steel tables where their loved ones were dissected and which now hold their remains beneath metal covers. The tables are topped with white or burgundy-colored shrouds, flags for military veterans, flowers and candles.
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    • Medical student Malik Abdullah, left, speaks with Joan Terry about her sister, donor Judy A. Clemens, after a memorial service for bodies donated to science at Indiana University School of Medicine — Northwest.
    • Medical student Jennifer L. Peugh plays “Concertino” during a memorial service for bodies donated to science at Indiana University School of Medicine — Northwest.
    • A military honor guard folds the flag of a Vietnam veteran and anonymous donor during a memorial service for bodies donated to science at Indiana University School of Medicine — Northwest. During the hour long service, relatives of donors gather around the steel tables where their loved ones were dissected along with the medical students who worked on the bodies during the previous semester.
    • Rev. James Wetzstein speaks during the hourlong memorial service, where relatives of the donors gather around the steel tables where their loved ones were dissected with the medical students who worked on the bodies during the previous semester. The students read letters of appreciation, clergy offer prayers, and tears are shed.
    • Medical student Sarah F. Shaaban reads from the Quran during a memorial service for bodies donated to science. The program is geared toward teaching the medical students that this is not merely a cadaver, but a person, and their first patient.
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