Death, Dissection and the Destitute

ISBN-10: 0226712400
ISBN-13: 9780226712406
Edition: 2nd 2001
Authors: Ruth Richardson
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 453
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

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.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Body
The Corpse and Popular Culture
The Corpse as an Anatomical Object
The Corpse as a Commodity
The Act
The Sanctity of the Grave Asserted
Foregone Conclusions
'Trading Assassins'
Alternative Necrology
Bringing 'Science to the Poor Man's Door'
The Aftermath
The Act 'is Uninjurious if Unknown'
The Bureaucrat's Bad Dream
The Unpardonable Offence
Appendices
References
Bibliography
Afterword
Index

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