Death, Dissection, and the Destitute

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Routledge & Kegan Paul, Jan 1, 1987 - Science - 426 pages
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In the early nineteenth century, body snatching was rife because the only corpses available for medical study were those of hanged murderers. With the Anatomy Act of 1832, however, the bodies of those who died destitute in workhouses were appropriated for dissection. At a time when such a procedure was regarded with fear and revulsion, the Anatomy Act effectively rendered dissection a punishment for poverty. Providing both historical and contemporary insights, Death, Dissection, and the Destitute opens rich new prospects in history and history of science. The new afterword draws important parallels between social and medical history and contemporary concerns regarding organs for transplant and human tissue for research.

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User Review  - Michael Shtur - Goodreads

What an exciting topic; imagine a time where scientists had to provide their own experimentation material. This was a tumultuous time in medical history, where the need to progress our knowledge ... Read full review

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User Review  - Trina - Goodreads

Oh my goodness I loved this book. Richardson does a brilliant job at analyzing the dissection of the poor in 19th Century London. This has been a phenomenal help for my essay, and was a really interesting and engaging read besides that. A+ job, thank you very very much to the author. Read full review

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