Possessing the Dead: The Artful Science of Anatomy

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Possessing the Dead: The Artful Science of Anatomy

Possessing the Dead The Artful Science of Anatomy With a rare blend of curiosity delight in the unexpected and an eye for detail this account explores the disturbing history of the cadaver trade in Australia England and Scotland Drawing on a ric

  • Title: Possessing the Dead: The Artful Science of Anatomy
  • Author: HelenMacdonald
  • ISBN: 9780522857351
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • With a rare blend of curiosity, delight in the unexpected, and an eye for detail, this account explores the disturbing history of the cadaver trade in Australia, England, and Scotland Drawing on a rich array of material and using Australian Aboriginal cricketer Charles Rose s 1868 death in London as an example this examination argues that no corpse lying in a workhouse, hWith a rare blend of curiosity, delight in the unexpected, and an eye for detail, this account explores the disturbing history of the cadaver trade in Australia, England, and Scotland Drawing on a rich array of material and using Australian Aboriginal cricketer Charles Rose s 1868 death in London as an example this examination argues that no corpse lying in a workhouse, hospital, or asylum was entirely safe from interference despite the established laws that gave certain officials possession of the dead Intriguing and informative, this chronicle reveals a gruesome past and the chicanery at play behind the procuring of bodies for dissections, autopsies, and collections.

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    1. Loupie on said:

      This book follows the history of the acquisition, in Britain and Australia, of cadavers for anatomical and medical research. It looks at the iniquitous days of resurrection men and Edinburgh's Burke and Hare murders, which led to the establishment and enforcement of the Anatomy Acts, and discusses how the state-sanctioned trade in corpses was carried out and justified by reference to the boogie-man threat of Burking and public lawlessness. Issues of class, or at least of poverty and wealth, bein [...]

    2. Xanthi on said:

      All in all, this was an interesting book. It trod a fine line between being 'dry' reading and being sensationalist and gory. I felt a few of the chapters dragged a bit here and there but not enough to make me want to stop reading. Most of the book as a Victorian era focus, with England, Scotland and Australia covered. I found the chapter on Truganini sad and frustrating. I felt that what happened to her body was a good example of what happens when men of science forget or put aside their humanit [...]

    3. Andrew McMillen on said:

      This book provides a fantastically detailed insight into how the science of human anatomy has progressed over the last two centuries, particularly through key events and characters based in Scotland, England and Australia. I read it as part of my research process while working on a book of my own, and found myself regularly impressed by Helen MacDonald's thorough and well-written accounts of key moments in the history of anatomy studies. It is clear that a huge amount of research went into her p [...]

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