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"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."--BOOK JACKET.

How parliamentary politics determined the fate of dead criminals and paupers in Victorian England.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226712406
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Richardson is a historian living in London.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
I The Body
1 The Corpse and Popular Culture 3
2 The Corpse as an Anatomical Object 30
3 The Corpse as a Commodity 52
II The Act
4 The Sanctity of the Grave Asserted 75
5 Foregone Conclusions 100
6 'Trading Assassins' 131
7 Alternative Necrology 159
8 Bringing 'Science to the Poor Man's Door' 193
III The Aftermath
9 The Act 'is Uninjurious if Unknown' 219
10 The Bureaucrat's Bad Dream 239
11 The Unpardonable Offence 261
Appendices 285
References 294
Bibliography 378
Afterword 409
Index 435
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