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By Piers Mitchell

Excavations of scientific college and workhouse cemeteries undertaken in Britain within the final decade have unearthed interesting new facts for how that our bodies have been dissected or autopsied within the eighteenth and 19th centuries. This e-book brings jointly the newest discoveries through those organic anthropologists, along specialists within the early background of pathology museums in British clinical colleges and the Royal university of Surgeons of britain, and clinical historians learning the social context of dissection and post-mortem within the Georgian and Victorian sessions. jointly they demonstrate a formerly unknown view of the perform of anatomical dissection and the function of museums during this interval, in parallel with the attitudes of the final inhabitants to the learn of human anatomy within the Enlightenment.

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Social mores and religious beliefs may also have played a part in determining which areas of the body were examined by autopsy. Customary funerary rites during this period generally dictated that corpses remained in the domestic residence until the funeral and the integrity of the body Hastings, Worcester Infirmary, pp. 343–4. Powers, ‘The Human Bone’, p. 47. 25 Start, ‘Morbid Osteology’, p. 117. 26 Prior to the Medical Witness Act of 1836, permission of the relatives had to be sought in order for a post-mortem to be carried out, and the removal of the body of a loved one for this purpose was often deeply resented.

36; Lane, A Social History of Medicine, p. 27. 51 Richardson, Death, Dissection and the Destitute, p. 87. 4 37 Serial cut marks adjacent to an area of new woven bone formed in response to local inflammation. This would be compatible with the investigation by anatomists of soft-tissue pathology active at the time of death. 53 The public outrage at the licentious procurement and treatment of bodies culminated in Warburton’s Anatomy Act of 1832, legislation that Hastings and his colleagues vehemently campaigned for.

M. Strange, Death, Grief and Poverty in Britain 1870–1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), p. 92. , p. 91. E. Manuel, Marshall Hall (1790–1857): Science and Medicine in Early Victorian Society (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1996), p. 60. g. Thomas B. Peacock, ‘Case of Bronzed Skin – Death – Disease of Both Supra-Renal Capsules’, Medical Times and Gazette 1 (May 1860): 446. J. Bartrip, The Home Office and the Dangerous Trades: Regulating Occupational Disease in Victorian and Edwardian Britain (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2002); McMenemey, The Life and Times of Charles Hastings.

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