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Even after death, medical professor still aids students

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer

Taipei Medical University professor Huang Te-hsiu (黃德修) donated his body to the school for the benefit of medical students, his will said.

An article published by the Chinese-language United Daily News yesterday quoted university vice superintendent Chen Chih-rung (陳志榮) as saying that Huang was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2013.

He had multiple tumors, but surgery was not an option, and he refused new treatment methods and instead kept record of his symptoms in the hope students would study his case, its development, how it affected his organs and the effects of medication, Chen was quoted as saying.

Huang told his colleagues about May 26 that he wanted to donate his body to the university for dissection as a way of helping the school’s students, Chen said.

Huang died on June 18, aged 86.

The dissection was carried out on Thursday by Chen and a group of students.

Chen gave a speech in commemoration, thanking Huang for the “special privileges” given to the students who dissected him, the paper said.

Chen said that anatomical pathology explores facets of disease itself, and in Huang’s case, students were able to study how his liver cancer developed.

If a patient who donates their body has undergone serious medical treatment, such as chemotherapy, the goal of a dissection is to see how the disease evolved after treatment and how the therapy could be improved, Chen said.

More than 200 students and doctors yesterday took part in a teleconference on clinical pathology and used Huang’s case to discuss possibilities of preventing or curing liver cancer.

Tseng Chi-jui (曾啟瑞), a doctor with the university’s Center for Reproductive Medicine and Sciences, was quoted by the paper as saying that Huang had high expectations for his students, but he never took attendance.

While Huang never berated a student for being unable to meet course requirements, he would often invite them to his office for coffee and answer questions until they had caught up, Tseng said.

Many of the nation’s doctors had been called into Huang’s office for a “coffee hour,” Tseng said.

Additional reporting by CNA

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