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 richardsons book opens rich prospects in history and the history of science. Two sentence review death dissection and the destitute provides a great overview of the various issues economic social cultural involved in the illegal and legal allocation of corpses in nineteenth century england while there are flaws especially in richardsons evaluation of the alternative sources of corpses this book would make an excellent companion to a class or lecture on the . 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 . Providing both historical and contemporary insights death dissection and the destituteopens rich new prospects in history and history of science the new afterword draws important parallels
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