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Body Snatching: The Robbing of Graves for the Education of Physicians in Early Nineteenth Century America
     

Body Snatching: The Robbing of Graves for the Education of Physicians in Early Nineteenth Century America

by Suzanne M. Shultz
 

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Also called “resurrectionists,” body snatchers, were careful not to take anything from the grave but the body—stealing only the corpse was not considered a felony since the courts had already said that a dead body had no owner. (“Burking”—i.e., murder—was the alternative method of supplying “stiffs” to medical

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Also called “resurrectionists,” body snatchers, were careful not to take anything from the grave but the body—stealing only the corpse was not considered a felony since the courts had already said that a dead body had no owner. (“Burking”—i.e., murder—was the alternative method of supplying “stiffs” to medical schools; it is covered here as well).
This book recounts the practice of grave robbing for the medical education of American medical students and physicians during the late 1700s and 1800s in the US, why body snatching came about and how disinterment was done, and presents information on: efforts to prevent the practice, a group of professional grave robbers, and the European experience.

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An account of the practice of grave robbing for the medical education of American medical students and physicians during the late 1700s and 1800s in the US, explaining why the practice existed, how disinterment of corpses was accomplished, and who committed these acts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786422326
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/24/2005
Edition description:
ALT
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,224,123
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.28(d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne M. Shultz, has published works on the history of medicine and Three Mile Island. She is the director of Library Services of Philip A. Hoover, M.D. Library at WellSpan Health at York Hospital. She lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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