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Human dignity and rights beyond death
  1. Kam Lun Hon
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kam Lun Hon, Department of Paediatrics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 6/F Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong, Hong Kong; ehon{at}hotmail.com

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The corpse of a high-ranking male official was unearthed in the 1975, and important archaeologic discoveries were claimed. The exact year of his funeral was 167 BC. Autopsy revealed that the man had peptic ulcer disease. His naked body exposing genitalia and post-dissection stitches, with the dissected-out intestines and brain lying alongside, is now exhibited in a formalin-impregnated viewing glass tank in a museum (figure 1).

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The 2000-year-old corpse with exposed genitalia and post-dissection stitches, and the dissected-out intestines and brain lying alongside, is now exhibited in a formalin-impregnated viewing glass tank in a museum.

Meanwhile a 2000-year-old clothed female corpse is on display in another museum. In 1971, workers in China digging an air-raid shelter near the city …

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