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Use of human corpses in crash tests

Crash tests now a days are not conducted solely with crash test dummies. For some crash tests full human cadavers or parts of human cadavers are used. The use of cadavers for crash tests is a controversial topic all over the world. When people donate their bodies to science the do not know where their body will end up. Bodies donated to science are used for many different purposes for example bodies are used in the training of doctors, training of forensic investigators and crash tests. This fact left people who’s relatives donated their bodies to science in distress as their bodies could have been used in crash testing.

There are many arguments for the use of human cadavers in crash tests. The main argument for it is utilitarianism. Utilitarianism is the idea that the moral worth of an action is determined only by its contribution to utility. Meaning that if an action is going to help society it should be judged as that. Looking at the utilitarianism point of view it is right to use human cadavers for crash test as the action of using these cadavers benefits society in the way that because of the use of the cadavers more realistic dummies can be made and cars will become safer. It is said that with every cadaver used in crash tests up to 60 lives are saved. Looking at these figures it looks fair to use a cadaver to save up to 60 lives. An other argument to use cadavers is that crash test dummies are not developed enough at present time to be sure using them in crucial tests. New more realistic crash test dummies can be created by using the research conducted with cadavers by making them more like human bodies and placing sensors in the right areas. Once more efficient dummies are created less and less human cadavers will be used in crash tests.

There are also many arguments against using human cadavers for crash tests. The main argument against it is respect for the dead. Respect for dead is the belief that even after people are dead they should still be respected. Even though the person is no longer alive they legacy of their lives and their families should be respected. This means that the bodies of the deceased should be treated with respect and not be placed in cars for crash testing. This is a major problem for families of people who donate their bodies to science. These families want to know that the body of their loved ones is being respected. The families of people who donated their bodies to science had been distressed when they discovered that bodies donated to science could be used in crash tests. The use of these bodies in crash tests is not clearly shown in the consent form. An other argument against the use of human cadavers in crash testing is that there is a better use for those cadavers. Most bodies that are donated to science are used in the training of doctor, surgeons and forensic investigators. Some people believe that with the limited amount of bodies available the training of doctors and surgeons is more important than the use of cadavers in crash tests. These people believe that the cadavers that are being used in crash tests could be substituted by crash test dummies and there for there would be more bodies available for the training of doctors and surgeons.

In conclusion it is the use of cadavers to help training doctors and surgeons and in crash tests is important as it can save lives of people with the training and research they provide. If I were to produce a solution that would seek to please both side in this argument I would choose to keep using human cadavers in crash testing but to give a bigger percentage of the available cadavers to medical training and research and I would also put into the consent form that bodies donated to science may be used in crash tests.  

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