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Bodily Disturbance

This sounds weird enough:

A controversial museum exhibit of human corpses, preserved and stripped of their skin to reveal muscles, organs and even blood vessels, will open Thursday, despite the state Anatomical Board’s refusal to approve it, the exhibit’s promoter said Wednesday.

But then it gets worse:

Florida Anatomical Board members who voted 4-2 against the exhibit planned for Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry said they were uncomfortable that neither the deceased nor their families granted formal permission for them to be used in a museum.

The corpses belonged to Chinese people whose bodies went unclaimed or unidentified before being turned over to a medical school in China, according to Premier. Company attorney Brian Wainger sent a letter to the board saying that the bodies were “obtained legally and handled properly.” Dalian Medical University, which handled them, certified that all died of natural causes and none were prisoners, he said.

Am I wrong to have my doubts?

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