• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

TOK speech - Knowledge Issue: To what extent is the use of a dead body ethical?

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐SCRIPT Key: Penney- Blue Ashley- Pink At the very beginning of the presentation Hand out a piece of paper of a beautified part of dead body and ask the students ?How much does this artwork worth in a gallery?? Interactive, get them to guess Topic Question: Human cadavers/bodies? Explain what human cadavers are. So, what is human cadaver? Human cadaver is a body of a dead person which is donated to science at death; this is of course with the consent of the dead person prior to his death, or with the permission of the family members of the dead person. This great contribution of human remains to science is considered a best gift of mankind into the continuous development of medical science. Cadaver research contributes to the discovery of new advanced medicine for various serious diseases. The demand for research cadavers is remained strong in the society today. Real life situation: When one of my relative was diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer at the age of 51, he was not given many options for treatment and the prognosis was not good. He decided that because he had been healthy throughout his life, until this diagnosis that he wanted to help others benefit from anything that could be learnt from donating his body to science. ...read more.


The denomination revokes the membership of anyone who participates in a transfusion even if to save a life. On the topic of Science: How do we know it?s ethical? In general, five or more medical students share a single cadaver, which they study over the course of several weeks in the first year of medical school. Unfortunately, the shortage of donated bodies prevents the level of in-depth study that would be possible if fewer students could be assigned to each cadaver. The use for donated bodies is medical research. Through whole body donation, researchers have gained insight into early diagnosis of diseases such as cancer. They have also invented new surgical techniques, perfected existing ones, and learned about the pathophysiology of conditions like Alzheimer's disease. Medical students who dissected a body in the course of their study typically attend a memorial service held in honor of the men and women who donated their bodies. For Science through Emotion: Yes- The person that dies knows that they are leaving the world in a better place because they?re contributing to science and technology. And the person will probably feel as if they will serve one last purpose from the remains of his or her own dead body, which will realistically decay. ...read more.


There is a line between education and entertainment. However, our perspective is different from others. For example, from a doctor?s point of view, no matter their personal viewpoints are, ethical/unethical, they still need to carry it out for the purpose of this noble job. Limitations: Personal Bias Nonetheless, there are some personal bias. Personally, I get sick a lot, so science research has really helped me throughout my childhood visitations to the hospital. It has saved my life many times so I believe that the use of cadavers are ethical, to develop and advance medical research. However, I was not brought up with any religion, hence the religious aspect of the argument is not valued highly in my regard. While Ashley? I used to go to an all girls catholic school, and my family is also Catholic. Although I am a woman of science, I do keep religion at the back of my mind. I will only participate in a scientific experiment if it is ethically right. Factual/Procedural Limitations Since the body cannot be presented in multiple ways, language can be used, to a limited extent to analyse this issue. Hence, we did not choose to investigate the language aspect of this matter. So, is it ethical to use a human cadaver? This is still an issue. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge essays

  1. Free essay

    How is knowledge gained? What are the sources? To what extent might these vary ...

    Therefore our skills are different. So, how does age come to play in knowing how and skills? A five year-old may not even know what graphic designing is, let alone be good at it. However, they may be good at drawing by hand and even be better then me at doing so.

  2. 10 Lessons in leadership

    To pursue excellence is the essence of being a leader. Being a leader isn't necessarily to be the strongest, smartest, or most talented. Being a leader is to be the hardest worker. No matter what your abilities are, you can always beat talent with hard work.

  1. Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of faith as a basis for knowledge in religion ...

    America, in its glorification of freedom and justice for all, schools urge students to delve into the knowledge they a given and find their own truth, as well as stand up for that truth in leadership and government. While these ideals seem justified in practice, they have lead to a western bubble created in many minds.

  2. Does the possession of knowledge carry an ethical responsibility?

    Being in this position where knowledge had almost leaped on to me in an instant, I was considered a knower. Fearing my knowledge and the actions I might have taken with this knowledge, the crime committers saw that the only way of ridding my knowledge was by ridding me as a whole.

  1. Does the Possession of Knowledge Carry an Ethical Responsibility

    For example during a test it is unacceptable to aide a fellow classmate because that is categorized as cheating and this does no good to the person who is being helped as is it is only giving them momentary aide to a problem they are having on a test rather

  2. The Possession of Knowledge Carries an Ethical Responsibility (TOK essay)

    As stated above, after the initial discover of knowledge, there is a phase of interpretation where we process the information. During this process, we undoubtedly incorporate our own personal opinions and biases into the information. When, or if the knowledge is presented to another individual, the presentation of the knowledge

  1. 4 ways of argument-analysis of the Miracle on Ice speech.

    Coach Brooks uses reason to show his team that it is true the USSR is a better hockey team, and they will probably win the game, but they are not unbeatable.

  2. We want to investigate on whether the development of computer technology brings more positive ...

    freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers?. What the Chinese government is doing seizes away the liberty of citizens. Google also accuses China of interfering with their Gmail email system, making it

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work