NYC sued by mortuary school over lack of bodies

New York City is being sued by a Manhattan mortuary school because it has stopped supplying unclaimed cadavers for its students to examine as part of their curriculum.

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The American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service claims it could lose its accreditation without the bodies -something the city stopped doing last year. Students must participate in at least ten clinical embalmings to earn their degree, according to the school’s legal representatives, who filed the lawsuit against New York city’s Health Department last week.

NBC4New York reported that the city medical examiner stopped sending bodies last June. This, the school claims, is a violation of state law which requires that the city promptly hands over bodies to mortuary and medical schools. The Department’s law section said they are reviewing the contents of the suit.

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