Human Remains: Dissection and Its Histories

Human Remains: Dissection and Its Histories

HelenMacdonald / Oct 16, 2019

Human Remains Dissection and Its Histories Until when an Act of Parliament began to regulate the use of bodies for anatomy in Britain public dissection was regularly and legally carried out on the bodies of murderers and a shortage of

  • Title: Human Remains: Dissection and Its Histories
  • Author: HelenMacdonald
  • ISBN: 9780300116991
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Until 1832, when an Act of Parliament began to regulate the use of bodies for anatomy in Britain, public dissection was regularly and legally carried out on the bodies of murderers, and a shortage of cadavers gave rise to the infamous murders committed by Burke and Hare to supply dissection subjects to Dr Robert Knox, the anatomist.This book tells the scandalous story ofUntil 1832, when an Act of Parliament began to regulate the use of bodies for anatomy in Britain, public dissection was regularly and legally carried out on the bodies of murderers, and a shortage of cadavers gave rise to the infamous murders committed by Burke and Hare to supply dissection subjects to Dr Robert Knox, the anatomist.This book tells the scandalous story of how medical men obtained the corpses upon which they worked before the use of human remains was regulated Helen MacDonald looks particularly at the activities of British surgeons in nineteenth century Van Diemen s Land, a penal colony in which a ready supply of bodies was available Not only convicted murderers, but also Aborigines and the unfortunate poor who died in hospitals were routinely turned over to the surgeons.This sensitive but searing account shows how abuses happen even within the conventions adopted by civilized societies It reveals how, from Burke and Hare to today s televised dissections by German anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens, some people s bodies become other people s entertainment.

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    767 Comments

    1. Interesting historical account. The writing tends to be a bit loose and the references need polishing as well. I feel that the book's real beginning was it's final chapter, which posed so many important questions which I hope the author dealt with, instead of just leaving to her readers. But for that, the book gets merit, still. Perhaps a second edition would be nice.


    2. A few of the chapters answered my questions on dissection and it's history, but it veered off into the history of dissections in Tasmania, which while interesting, wasn't quite what I was looking for. Of particular interest was her commentary on Doctor Gunther von Hagen's Body Worlds exhibit.


    3. Such a fun book! Call me morbid, but this aspect of history is fascinating and horrific at the same time! So much was learned, but at a great cost! I recommend this book to many people! While parts of the book were a bit daunting, the majority of the book was fun and fast paced!



    4. more about the people behind the remains than what they are used for, so it made for a very different and interesting read.


    5. I read this book as part of my research, and it has been an invaluable resource in considering Victorian attitudes towards dissection. It does veer off in the middle concerning an unfortunate miscarriage of justice on the part of Mary MacLauchlan, but it does come back to the details of the culture surrounding those who performed dissections and the strange dichotomy that lingered between death and life.I had recently seen the Body Worlds exhibit described in the beginning of the book, and it wa [...]


    6. Human Remains: Dissection and Its Histories is pretty much about what the title describes. Its all about points in histories where scientists preformed immoral acts against the deceased bodies. It also tells about how the public saw most of these things as gross but not as much as they should've. Also it has some stuff in it about scientists trying to justify their actions even though they now it's wrong. I think this book is very interesting and entertaining. Though it's not for the faint of he [...]



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