The bones of Alistair Cooke, one of the great broadcasters of the twentieth century, were stolen days after he died last year at the age of 95, according to reports in New York.
Cooke’s bones were removed by a surgeon and then sold for around $7,000 (GBP4,000) to two companies that provide tissue for transplant operations, said The Daily News.
I have a very close friend who is favour of an unconventional cremation when her time comes. I have been blasÈ and I dare say squeamish about my own post mortem plans, mainly becuase i was intending to live at least as long as Alistair Cooke. Now I see that even his decrepit old bones are worth their weight in nutricious marrow and I am starting to reassess my dead worth.
Some good information about it at the Dr. Hadwen Trust Where learnt this place just round the corner from me accepts left-over brains. And I drop into seminars at the IoN every so often, next time I am there I shall mention they can have mine once i’m done with it.
Queen Square Brain Bank for Neurological Disorders. Collects post mortem brain for research into neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, dementia and others. Tissues are supplied to researchers worldwide. Donation consent form available from: Susan Stoneham Administrator, Queen Square Brain Bank, Institute of Neurology, 1 Wakefield Street, London WC1N 1PJ. Tel: 020 7837 8370 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To get rid of the rest of my offals and sweetbreads, I just filled in the form at the
NHS Donor Online Registration site too..
“After my death, I would like medical students to hack me to bits and throw pieces of my cadaver at each other.”