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AGO Opinions with Topic: AUTOPSY
AGO 1962 No. 175 >  October 25, 1962
OFFICES AND OFFICERS - COUNTY - CORONER - AUTOPSY - TRANSPLANTING OF ORGANS FROM DECEASED PERSONS
OFFICES AND OFFICERS ‑- COUNTY ‑- CORONER ‑- AUTOPSY ‑- TRANSPLANTING OF ORGANS FROM DECEASED PERSONS (1) Only the decedent and persons who have the right to control the disposition of the decedent's remains may authorize the transplanting of organs to a living person. (2) Authorization for transplanting of the organs of a deceased person to a living person must be in writing. (3) Authorization to perform an autopsy is required to be in writing in certain instances.  As a practical matter written authorization may be required in all cases. (4) Medical personnel appointed by the coroner to perform autopsies need not be deputized by him.
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