Navy Doctor Takes a Brain Home
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A doctor from the United States Navy has been fined 25 hundred dollars and reassigned after bringing the brain of a Marine Corps sergeant home and taking it out of the jar to let his kids handle it while his wife took pictures. Doctor Mark E. Shelly was a regional medical examiner who traveled to perform autopsies, until police received an anonymous tip and investigated the matter.

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Navy Doctor Takes a Brain Home - as part of the news series by GeoBeats. A doctor from the United States Navy has been fined 25 hundred dollars and reassigned after bringing the brain of a Marine Corps sergeant home and taking it out of the jar to let his kids handle it while his wife took pictures. Doctor Mark E. Shelly was a regional medical examiner who traveled to perform autopsies, until police received an anonymous tip and investigated the matter. Shelly says that he used “extremely poor judgment” during the incident. When the military learned about what happened they reassigned Shelly to an administrative position and he doesn’t perform autopsies anymore. He was also fired from his civilian position as medical examiner for the Tidewater region of Virginia, a job he hadn’t told the military about. Medical staff members were permitted to move remains that were kept in an approved container, but the rules have changed, though it is not clear if the incident involving Shelly led to the changes. Captain Dora Lockwood, a spokesperson for the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery said: "We strive to treat all of our patients, living and deceased, and their families, with the utmost dignity and respect.”