Nicole Angemi, a pathologist in New Jersey, has been posting hundreds of photos of the dead on her Instagram. People are starting to get fired up.
I feel like I need a disclaimer or introduction to this article… I’m not posting the photos of miscarried and aborted babies in here. I think boundaries are important. I have a few boundaries here and there.
Ms. Angemi’s photos come predominantly from autopsies. She has stated in a past interview with Vice that she posts the photos to educate people, but I do wonder if she’s getting a bit high on attention as her Instagram account now has 500k followers.
Her world is intriguing, and interesting, absolutely no doubt about it, but the ethics around whether or not family members have given consent for her to post the photos is where things get icky.
Here are few of the “tame” photos. Warning, these are still extremely graphic.
A few people have written online:
“I’m all about bringing science to the public, but if I scrolled across a photo of my father’s autopsy on your Instagram, or if my children scrolled across their mother’s dead body, you better believe lawyers will be coming out.”
“When my mom died she donated her body to science. My biggest fear was that her body would be exploited and objectified. I am disgusted by what this woman is doing.”
“They did not consent to this and do not deserve to be anyone’s educational tool.”
Ms. Angemi insists: “If someone wants to see what an autopsy looks like, why can’t they have access to that?”
What are your thoughts, folks?