The Debrecen University Anatomy Scandal is an academic dispute regarding medical students at University of Debrecen allegedly accessing the dissecting rooms of the Anatomy department illegally and smuggling body parts out to their dorms and private residences for extracurricular study with the help of a few officials. The Medical Faculty of Debrecen University came under harsh criticism after broadcast of camera footage on Norwegian television in April 2005. This was followed by reactions from Hungarian and Norwegian officials and several investigations.
It is not clear from the results of these investigations whether the actions shown were filmed at the university or involved students of the university.
Origin of the affair
It first caught the media's attention when a news bulletin broadcast on 24 April by TV 2 broadcasted hidden camera footage claiming medical students at Debrecen Medical University in Hungary had stolen body parts and taken them home for some extracurricular study. The first scene of the report showed Norwegian medical students paying a university employee 2,000 forints (about $10) to unlock the anatomy lab for some after-hours practice before their anatomy exam. Some students, the program claimed, took organs to their rooms to be able to examine them more thoroughly. After the first reports surfaced, the story got attention from Hungarian and Norwegian media and soon followed investigations by both Hungarian and Norwegian officials and also an internal... Read More