Crash Test Corpses

Submitted by: eugenius 8 years ago in Misc

In the old days before crash test dummies, they experimented with donated corpses wrapped in sheets.
There are 71 comments:
Male 12
If you`re really freaked out about this, Reeeych, you should read "Stiff: The story of human cadavers." It`s a fascinating read, and will make you actually appreciate testing on bodies. And I`d be honored if my dead relative (notice the correct spelling) was tested.
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Male 257
true harmodius
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Female 48
I`m GLAD they use cadavers. Accurate information saves lives.
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Female 18
Totally. Does it matter how it`s helping people? Really?
Do you REALLY want to know where your dead realtive`s body is being tested on?!?
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Female 1
My mother donated her body to science when she died 12 years ago. I personaly have no more problem imagining her as a crash subject then for some medical student. It`s all for science and I am proud of her shelflessness in donating her body.
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Male 25
I did gross anatomy. I can tell you your body`ll come out of a crash test in a lot better shape than it will when medical students are done with them. And a lot of schools will cremate the cadavers when they are done with them and return the ashes to the family if so requested. I had a tremendous respect for people that donated their bodies to science, they are truly unselfish people. There really isn`t a substitute for the real thing. People have a lot of differences in anatomy that you can`t appreciate when you read it out of a book
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Male 372
F/cking douchebag yellow journalists trying to sell news by making ethical issues out of nothing
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Female 310
if they wanted their bodies to help people, an impact test would help people by making airbags safer saving more people. personally i really dont see the problem with any of the alternative research they talk about, because they do help people
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Female 12
oh noes they should use hoes (Y)
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Male 1,106
Let`s see... knowing my parent (who signed the papers) is going to be autopsied and cut to pieces in a classroom, or go out with a bang Evel Knievel style? I choose Evel Knievel... as would my parents.
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Female 512
They`ve been using human cadavers for crash testing for years (even used to use children`s cadavers but I think they stopped that for ethical reasons?)...nothing new there but the article sort of implies some family aren`t made aware what "donate to science" actually can entail. If proper records were kept, then it should be easy enough to find out what happened to a body (although I realise this wasn`t the case in this situation)...or at least one should have the option to donate more specifically if desired (eg crash tests vs human dissection, etc).
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Male 148
yhey should use junkey`s
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Male 24
At least the scientists have got it right
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Female 1
A dead body will react (or lack thereof) differently than a person who is alive. Organs swelling, gasses, putrefaction, tissue decay. This only tells me what happens when you transport dead bodies and are in a car wreck, which may be helpful to some.
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Male 518
The corpse doesn`t seem to mind
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Male 101
Rita73 please stop commenting with that link to that kingfisher good time partners cuz its rly annoying!!!
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Female 351
I wont be donating my body to science
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Female 101
Well put Srximus, I agree.
A human will give a better result then a plastic dummy. Bones, gashes, blood, orgins, you just can`t beet the real thing.
If my body can help save lives (maybe my familys life), then I`m up for it.
Stop being so selfish, you`re dead anyway. Go out with a bang.... I mean squish. :)
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Male 1,140
whatever man, after all the poo that goes on in this world im not really surprised
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Male 201
Stop screaming. It wont be a better news if you scream mr. news man.

Wont world be a better place if air-bags save more lifes? Does only student dissection qualiffy as cadaver friendly reserch?

Get a grip. Mummy and daddy corps are tossed in a Volvo...lets cry!!! Result = safer cars, less dead people.

Uncle Joes corps is cut in pieces by a bunch of freshmen. Thats noble!!! Result = maybe a 10% of freshmen will eventually finnish medschool and how meny will not be nip/tuck MDs?

I vote for safer cars. Students can always go to coroners and practice there.
Mummy

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Female 54
I just realized myinsomnia recommended Stiff too =)
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Female 54
Wow. People on this newscast need to get their facts straight.
Read the Book "Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers"
it basically inspires you to become a human cadaver =)
she is an awesome author that is not only very respectful of the cadavers but represents them very well with good and bad facts.
She is actually going to be Speaking at UC Davis tomorrow-I am very excited!
She has a whole chapter dedicated to the car impact test.
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Female 320
I`m more fine with that then my body getting chucked out in a field to rot for a week to let CSI and Foresic students see what it looks like. It`s a good thing, but letting me rot? Not so cool. I`m donating organs then getting cremated.
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Male 493
2:34 that`s an unsettling number.
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Male 190
Wow, this seems pretty one-sided. Makes it look like they`re tricking the system, almost like they`re stealing bodies. Donate your body to science, its going to be used. Not every person can be dissected and their bits used to cure cancer, some bodies are just crash material. Its all for the greater good and to improve safety devices...
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Male 186
Blame the PETA types for this. No live human will volunteer for this, and we can`t use animals, so what other choice is there? The dummies and computers need to be based on some information.
Whats it matter anyway? These people decided to donate their bodies with the idea that whatever research was done would be to better humanity. Impact testing does just that.
They interview some ppl whose parents donated their bodies and act like they are devestated that their parents "might have been" used for impact testing. Bet they will sue now.
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Female 917
You know, I`m 100% sure I want my organs donated.

And I would be totally fine with my body being used as a crash test dummy because if it means I save 60 lives, it`s totally worth it.

It`s just the fact that I don`t want my skeleton being hung up in some classroom, or being used as shark-bait testing or something.

And myinsomnia, I`m definitely going to read that book before I make any decisions on where my body goes.

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Male 82
All in the name of science.
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Male 3,915
yeah that`s pretty F`d up...but...i guess science is science...they chose the fate of their corpses.......kinda...
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Male 1,404
Ehh, form could be more descriptive but, I think the reporter is rather d-bag ish.
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Male 362
Is there some kind of conflict here? Technology isn`t magic, it has to be tested on something.
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Female 13
When you want you body to go to science after you die, you can never truly specify what type of field. Your cadaver can be used for anything from in class skeletons, gross anatomy labs, to being sliced into itty bitty thin sheets and preserved forever. Studying automobile impacts on the human body is a field of science. Read the book "Stiff", it details what happens to peoples bodies when they are donated.
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Male 108
i now its wrong, but still it could lead to better technology and safety for the future
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Male 34
If the the car crash that you are in is anything like these high-speed tests, you`d end up as a cadaver in the driver`s seat. You`d eventually leave in white sheets.

Ahh, the irony.

And what if you donated your body to medical research, and then ended up being another crash test dummy?

Ohh ho ho...

That`s the only gripe I can see anyone have with this issue. Unfortinately, there aren`t many vicious haters of irony around...

I`d totally be up for it.

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Female 188
LOL @ langdonhill!

I rather like that idea- sign me up for research!

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Female 395
i`d be happy for my body to be used for something like this after i died. it`s not like i`s be using my body again...
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Male 307
woooooow

that`s ridiculous

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Female 1,260
I`m gonna designate on my donor card that I want to be a test dummy - be like going on a carnival ride after I died - cool! Who cares what they do with the body after it`s dead - I would think it would be much better to use a real body in these tests. They act like these are live people they`re stickin` in those cars!
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Male 505
Hell, I think that would be an awesome way to have my body used. I plan to donate my body, and if it`s used for impact tests, then I want the footage sped up and Benny Hillified and then given to my family to watch on my birthday.
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Female 15,763
This is what`s going to anger the zombies in the apocalypse...
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Male 144
I how he said "loaning their cadaver to us" like they will get it back ha
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Male 431
they are dead anyway, not like they aren`t going to get hurt.
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Male 483
i`m not surprised by this in the slightest, i mean what acts more like a body than an actual body??
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Male 1,788
I fail to see the problem with this. People who signed up to have their bodies used for research are having their bodies used for research? Oh no! Because being used in a crash test is so much worse than being cut up by med students.
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Female 15,763
S... seriously..!?

D8

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Male 425
I want my body donated to anti-zombie research. It`s inevitable and we need to prepare!!
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Female 723
What`s wrong with using a donated, dead body...to protect free, live ones?
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Female 53
>Wait if there dead won`t rigger mortise effect the body movement somewhat?


No, rigor mortis wears off after some time, causing the body to go limp again. There`s a name for it, but I forgot what it was.

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Male 612
Meh science is science... There is nothing here that I think is wrong.
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Male 588
Isn`t it cool to remain/become badass after you`re dead? Some alive people smash in vehicles for money, and your dead self is doing it for free, multiplying the badass-ness like at least 10 times and it`s also somehow useful. But i`d rather be cremated anyway.
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Female 855
Who cares? At least the body can be of use for something.
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Male 107
this is dumb! your dead, the only people who are gonna care is the living. if it saves lives it saves lives.
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Male 127
What if the donated body was somebody who died in a car wreck.

I-ron-ic...

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Female 1,427
I`m donating my body to science. Definitely. XD

Both my grandfather and my great-grandmother donated their bodies to science.

Also, you CAN find out what the bodies are used for, if you ask. My grandpa`s body was dissected for medical research and we got his remains(very little) back. We burned the remains and had them scattered over the Gulf of Mexico by Army Fighter pilots as he wanted.

As for my g-grandma, she had her organs removed for research but was otherwise cremated.

A LOT of bodies donated to science can`t be used for medical research entirely because their organs are too messed up. My great-grandma had only a small amount of organs removed because a lot of other stuff was too frail.

And my grandpa was.. well, screwed up all over, but they used the organs as specimen concerning those diseases.

Big deal. If I crashed into a wall, I`m DEAD. I don`t give a poo.

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Male 970
did his head rip off?
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Male 2,510
They are dead, what do they care or anyone else for that matter. Its just a body. plus it says "scientific and medical research" That covers a wide range of things, They could be shooting you into outspace to see how long it takes your body to freeze.
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Male 2,076
lol! nice.
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Male 1,220
This is science. What kind of things did they think would be done with the bodies?
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Male 174
It`s funny how they make it look like this is unethical and deceptive. When you sign the thing it says scientific and medical research this is scientific and medical research. there`s nothing wrong with it and it makes cars safer, so the doner is getting their wish to help.
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Female 323
ew.
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Male 2,388
its probably because when most bodies are found it ends up being too long to save the organs. On another note I signed up for this :`(

LOL they keep showing us dead peole being mutilated LMFAO

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Male 15,832
@maxxb117, what you describe is a crash test dummy. Go back to 1:47 - 2:20 to find the answer to your question.
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Female 8
I`d rather my body be used for something like this or any type of Donation/testing, then just laying in the ground not helping anything.
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Male 3,369
This isnt new (I dont mean repost). Lots of tests are performed on corpses. Personally I have no problem with it (I intend to donate my body to science / be a donor) and as said in the video..if it saves someones life it`s worth it in my eyes!
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Male 387
Can`t you just make a friggin silicone body with plastic bones??
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Male 4,393
for better tests results?
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Male 161
Wow....I never knew that O.o
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Male 174
seen b4 on i am bored
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Male 211
Wait if there dead won`t rigger mortise effect the body movement somewhat?
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Male 1,620
Link: Crash Test Corpses [Rate Link] - In the old days before crash test dummies, they experimented with donated corpses wrapped in sheets.
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