'Dad kept his body working - even after death': Tessa Dunlop on why her father gave his body to medical science

24 May 2010
My father Donald was huge, controversial and handsome. He was also a practical man; as a farmer and an atheist he had little time for excessive emotion or superstition. When diagnosed in his mid-60s with terminal cancer his approach was no-nonsense: cue black humour and frank discussion. Dad was dying, not ‘passing on’. ‘The carcass is an unattractive thing, you won’t want mine hanging around. I’m giving it away to medical science,’ he informed me.

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