In pursuing a career in the field of medical transcription, you’ve probably become very quickly familiar with the most common medical issues, emergencies, and ailments facing patients everywhere today. But the world of health and medicine is a many-headed beast, and chances are that by the time you have a grasp for one issue, two more pop up in its place. One of the more startling and disturbing medical phenomenons that has become apparent in the past decade or so is the appearance of the black market for body parts. From the U.S. to India to China and more, the body parts market has sprung up suddenly and, in some cases, horrifyingly. With the need for transplants constantly present, along with a need for bodies as educational instruments, so the pressure to supply parts has surged; and where there’s a demand, there can also be profit. The past few years have seen a surge in parts stolen from dead bodies, falsified ashes returned to mourners, and in some cases, even blood farming. It’s a grisly subject, but it’s one that’s becoming ever more present in the medical world, and it shows no signs of disappearing yet.