Death, Dissection and the Destitute / Edition 2

Death, Dissection and the Destitute / Edition 2

by Ruth Richardson
     
 

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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

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
I. The Body
1. The Corpse and Popular Culture
2. The Corpse as an Anatomical Object
3. The Corpse as a Commodity
II. The Act
4. The Sanctity of the Grave Asserted
5. Foregone Conclusions
6. 'Trading Assassins'
7. Alternative Necrology
8. Bringing 'Science to the Poor Man's Door'
III. The Aftermath
9. The Act 'is Uninjurious if Unknown'
10. The Bureaucrat's Bad Dream
11. The Unpardonable Offence
Appendices
References
Bibliography
Afterword
Index

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