Death, Dissection and the Destitute / Edition 2

Death, Dissection and the Destitute / Edition 2

by Ruth Richardson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226712397

ISBN-13: 9780226712390

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Until 1832 dissection-much hated and much feared-was restricted to the corpses of hanged murderers. Bodysnatching was rife. The 1832 Anatomy Act, however, appropriated instead the corpses of the poor, effectively rendering dissection a punishment for poverty. Death, Dissection and the Destitute reveals why fear of the pauper funeral so afflicted the

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Overview

Until 1832 dissection-much hated and much feared-was restricted to the corpses of hanged murderers. Bodysnatching was rife. The 1832 Anatomy Act, however, appropriated instead the corpses of the poor, effectively rendering dissection a punishment for poverty. Death, Dissection and the Destitute reveals why fear of the pauper funeral so afflicted the nineteenth-century poor. Ruth Richardson's book opens rich prospects in history and the history of science. Her new afterword draws important parallels between historical and current concerns about the body, organs for transplant, and human tissue for research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226712390
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
453
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
IThe Body
1The Corpse and Popular Culture3
2The Corpse as an Anatomical Object30
3The Corpse as a Commodity52
IIThe Act
4The Sanctity of the Grave Asserted75
5Foregone Conclusions100
6'Trading Assassins'131
7Alternative Necrology159
8Bringing 'Science to the Poor Man's Door'193
IIIThe Aftermath
9The Act 'is Uninjurious if Unknown'219
10The Bureaucrat's Bad Dream239
11The Unpardonable Offence261
Appendices285
References294
Bibliography378
Afterword409
Index435

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