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What’s it like being immortalized as a digital corpse

news outletKCRW
Publish DateJanuary 16, 2019

Susan Potter wanted to donate her body to science after she died. She learned about the the Visible Human Project in Colorado, which creates detailed photographs of the entire body for research and teaching. Potter would be the third person to participate. Her body would be frozen at -15 degrees, then sliced 27,000 times and photographed. Generations of medical students would be able to learn from her. The project was spearheaded by Victor M. Spitzer, Ph.D., director of the Center for Human Simulation at University of Colorado School of Medicine. He knew Susan Potter for the last 15 years of her life. She died four years ago. Their story is now being told in the current issue of National Geographic.

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