Donated to Science – What the Academics Said

“I thought it was truly impressive, beautifully handled and presented and I was very proud to be associated with the Department. Thanks to all involved!” Elizabeth Matisoo-Smith, Professor of Biological Anthropology

“I viewed the documentary last night on television and was very impressed with the content.  I was wondering if it will be made to purchase on dvd as I would like to take it back with me to my home University to share with the anatomy and physiology department.  I think it would be great if this could be used as part of the orientation process for medical students doing their cadaver lab work.  Please let me know the potential of this happening.”  Betsy A. Arrington-Tsao

“Many congratulations on such a sensitive and moving documentary. I shall be disappointed if this doesn’t win prizes and accolades! They need to see this in Britain.” Mark D Stringer MS FRCP FRCS FRCSEd Professor of Anatomy

“I have twice watched your brilliant documentary. I have written to say how I thrilled to the concept, philosophy, and its importance to our profession & university that the world knows what we are about. The sequences, donors, students & tutors were spot on. It was perfect, & I congratulate your team on the production.” Robin Fraser. Emeritus professor of pathology

“I just wanted to tell you how impressed I was with ‘Donated to Science’. The material was so sensitively handled, it was, in fact, very moving – as well as thought provoking. All the contributors should be very proud of the final product.”  Margaret Baird PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

“Congratulations – the programme last night was very well done and the students were excellent representatives of the Medicine programme. The enthusiasm of the teaching staff came across very well. Do you know if copies will be available please as I would like to send it to a couple of colleagues in the UK? Associate Professor Mike Legge, Departments of Biochemistry and Pathology

“I completed a BSc majoring in Anatomy and Structural Biology in 1999, and really appreciated seeing the ‘other side’ of the people that have donated their bodies to science, in order for people like myself to learn from them.”  Thank you for making such an interesting documentary,”  Kind regards Amanda Berry (BSc and BN)

Donated to Science – Review Quotes

“proof that primetime television can take on the big complicated stuff… excellent and moving” NZ Listener

“Last night’s Inside New Zealand documentary, Donated to Science (TV3, 9.30), which looked at dissection at Otago Medical School, was as wracked with emotion and the collywobbles as any cliff-hanger episode of a television medical drama.” Frances Grant, NZ Herald

“The direction, the editing, the style of the documentary were all of such a high standard that minutes into the programme, you knew you were watching something special, something literally cutting edge… extraordinarily profound” Jane Bowron, Dominion Post

‘An extraordinary thing… very very moving… very poignant… beyond just a medical documentary… an absorbing piece… one of the best I’ve seen’  Simon Wilson, National Radio