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Death, Dissection and the Destitute

 
 
 
 
Death, Dissection and the Destitute
Author: Ruth Richardson
ISBN 13: 9780226712390
ISBN 10: 226712397
Edition: 1
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 2001-01-01
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 453
List Price: $106.00
 
 

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.