Death, Dissection And The Destitute by Ruth Richardson

Death, Dissection And The Destitute

byRuth Richardson

Paperback | January 1, 2001

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info

$38.30

Earn 192 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

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.

About The Author

Ruth Richardson is a historian living in London.

Details & Specs

Title:Death, Dissection And The DestituteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:453 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.7 inPublished:January 1, 2001Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226712400

ISBN - 13:9780226712406

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Death, Dissection And The Destitute

Reviews

Extra Content

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