Harvard Medical School crimson over body parts scandal

Michael Cook

Harvard Medical School is renowned throughout the world as a centre of excellence in clinical medicine and medical research. Sixteen Nobel Prize laureates are associated with HMS.

Unfortunately, the latest headlines are about the manager of the HMS morgue, Cedric Lodge. Along with three other persons, he has been charged with buying and selling stolen human remains between 2018 and 2021.

According to the indictment, Mr Lodge, who managed the morgue for the Anatomical Gifts Program, "stole organs and other parts of cadavers donated for medical research and education before their scheduled cremations."

"Some crimes defy understanding," said US Attorney Gerard M. Karam. "The theft and trafficking of human remains strikes at the very essence of what makes us human. It is particularly egregious that so many of the victims here volunteered to allow their remains to be used to educate medical professionals and advance the interests of science and healing. For them and their families to be taken advantage of in the name of profit is appalling."

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