The first book to provide a detailed analysis of the body-trafficking networks of the dead poor that underpinned the expansion of medical education from Victorian times. With an even-handed approach to the business of anatomy, Hurren uses remarkable case histories which still echo a vibrant body-business on the internet today in a biomedical age.
ELIZABETH T. HURRENReader in the History of Medicine at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She is a leading expert on the history of anatomy and the body, poverty and welfare.
List of Tables, Figures and Illustrations Preface Acknowledgements Abbreviations PART I: A HISTORICAL LANDSCAPE Chalk on the Coffin: Re-Reading the Anatomy Act of 1832 Restoring the Face of the Corpse: Victorian Death and Dying A Dissection Room Drama: English Medical Education PART II: AN ENGLISH ANATOMY TRADE Dealing in the Dispossessed Poor: St. Bartholomew's Hospital Pauper Corpses: Cambridge and its Provincial Trade Balancing the Books: The Business of Anatomy at Oxford Better a Third of a Loaf Than No Bread: Manchester's Human Material Conclusion Selected Bibliography Index