Death, Dissection, and the Destitute

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Routledge & Kegan Paul, Jan 1, 1987 - Science - 426 pages
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  - Judith.Flanders - LibraryThing

In 1817, Mary Shelley first thought of the story that would become “Frankenstein,” in which the eponymous doctor uses corpses to reanimate a dead man. And even as she wrote this classic, resurrection ... Read full review

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A wonderful book that thoroughly takes apart a mass of assumptions about dissection, body snatching and the anatomy acts. It also helped me understand the roots of some things that are common in the older members my family, such as the obsession with having enough money for your funeral. Read full review

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