Orac’s calculated value (if he shuffled off this mortal coil in his present state — and I really hope he doesn’t) piqued my curiosity and led me to calculate the value of my own potential cadaver. But the calculated value leaves me curious about the assumptions underpinning the calculation.
(Hey, my corpse is worth more than Orac’s, to the tune of $1285!)
Now, the questions:
- Is the underlying assumption that the value of my cadaver would come primarily from transplantable tissue? (That would explain the questions about vision, major surgeries, medications, and the like.)
- Given that, strictly speaking, human organs are not supposed to be sold, how do they establish the monetary value of transplantable organs?
- Are there circumstances in which a cadaver’s value as a cadaver (to be used in the instruction of medical students, for example) would exceed its value as a source of transplantable tissue? (If so, in what circumstances?)
- Are there any other ways to peg the monetary value of a cadaver that the quiz makers could have used here (e.g., its value to a funeral director selling burial services — although, in that instance, my age and present state of health would probably be less relevant than my preferred method of disposal).
It’s like Socrates said: The unexamined online quiz isn’t worth taking.