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you might think that leaving your body to science when you die is an altruistic gesture which will help medical students learn their trade and maybe even find cures for untreatable diseases. It certainly seemed so to my parents some 20 years ago, when they both wrote such a codicil into their wills.

My civil servant father, John Compton Miller, used to joke that he had undergone so many different operations during his lifetime that medical students would find his much scarred body and organs “quite fascinating.” My mother Mary also felt that future patients should benefit in every way…

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