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Alas, Poor Yorick: Digging Up the Dead to Make Medical Diagnoses

  • Deborah Hayden
  • Published: March 29, 2005
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0020060

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But Yorick does make good TV...

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:41 GMT

Author: Dave Hambidge
Position: Freelance Consultant Psychiatrist
Institution: Self Employed
E-mail: Cotlow9@aol.com
Submitted Date: March 30, 2005
Published Date: March 31, 2005
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Thank you for your interesting overview. In Great Britain we have two popular TV archeology documentary series, "Time Team" and "Meet the Ancestors" where these issues are totally ignored. Yet, after the medical TV drama series such as "Casualty" there is often a public interest link for further information if a topic in the episode has caused concern.

Accepting that fiction is just that, and that archeology uses real remains, I wonder what The European Convention on Human Rights would have to say on this subject?

No competing interests declared.