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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 researchdeath 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 her new afterword draws important parallels between historical and current concerns about the body organs for transplant and human tissue for 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 in this second edition of death dissection and the destitute the social historian ruth richardson addresses the social political and economic impact of dissection and body snatching on reform law and class structure in the united kingdom from the early 1800s to the inception of the welfare state in 1946the three sections of the main book seem to be unchanged from the first edition to ask other readers questions about death dissection and the destitute please sign up be the first to ask a question about death dissection and the destitute i purchased this book at the museum of london where i went to see their recent exhibition on the study of anatomy and bodysnatching it

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