Brain Death and Neo-Cannibalism
"Selling Body Parts Is Big
Business: But nowhere in the country are grieving families told that the
cadavers they donate fuel a fast-growing industry predicted to hit $1 billion
within three years", by Mark Katches, William Heisel, and Ronald Campbell,
The Orange County Register, reported in The Providence Sunday Journal, April 16,
2000, p. A-1, 24.
"American businesses make hundreds of millions of
dollars selling products crafted from donated human bodies, even though it is
illegal to profit from cadaver parts, an Orange County Register investigation
found. Cadaver skin puffs up the lips of fashion models at $1,050 a shot.
Dentists use ground bone about 200,000 times a year to treat their patients.
Glossy catalogs advertise 650 products made from body parts."
"A single dead body yields raw materials worth
tens of thousands of dollars to businesses whose stock is traded on Wall Street
and to nonprofit agencies that obtain the parts for them ... Nowhere in the
country are grieving families told that their gifts fuel a fast-growing industry
predicted to hit $1 billion within three years. Neither are millions of
people who indicate on their driver's licenses their willingness to donate body
"`People who donate have no idea that tissue is
being processed into products that, per gram or per ounce, are in the price
range of diamonds' ... The products enhance millions of lives, according to
industry trade groups. Cadaver tendons help ath