Since the 19th century, the deceased human body and its parts have been increasingly dehumanized, objectified, and commodified in Western culture. Thus, in a relatively short period of time, the corpse became, and continues to be, a highly valuable source of both economic and cultural capital for scientific and medical researchers, numerous industries, and much of society.
Wallace, Charles Z.
"The Value of the Dead: The Commodification of Corpses in Western Culture,"
Spectrum: Vol. 7:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholars.unh.edu/spectrum/vol7/iss1/8