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Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira

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GOMES, Andréia Patrícia; REGO, Sergio; PALACIOS, Marisa  and  SIQUEIRA-BATISTA, Rodrigo. Bioethical analysis of the use of newly dead patients in medical learning. Rev. Assoc. Med. Bras. [online]. 2010, vol.56, n.1, pp.11-16. ISSN 0104-4230.

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to carry out, a discussion on the subject of bioethics and cadavers based upon a critic review of literature . METHODS: A review of literature, was made with a survey of articles between 1977 and 2007 in the sites "Biblioteca Virtual de Saúde", PubMed and SciElo, utilizing the keywords: newly deceased patients, newly dead patients, simulators,. This was complemented by a critical evaluation of books published in the area of ethics and bioethics RESULTS: The possibility to develop learning without orientation by a supervisor is doubtful.. The utilization of newly dead for learning invasive procedures is very frequent and seldom admitted. These procedures, are usually, carried out secretly, without the knowledge and consent of the family. The ethical aspects of these practices are not discussed in the practical medical education. CONCLUSION: It essential that the ethics of use of recent deceased become a necessary content of graduate education. Performance of these procedures by students should always be authorized by family members. The simulators meet the requirements of training. Discussions about the ethical and bioethical aspects cannot be separated from practical considerations during the students learning time.

Keywords : Death; Bioethics; Medical education; Bioethical Issues.

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