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Title Dying for Victorian medicine : English anatomy and its trade in the dead poor, c.1834-1929 / Elizabeth T. Hurren.
Imprint Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.


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Description 1 online resource (1 volume)
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Subject Medicine -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Medical education -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Human dissection -- Economic aspects -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Sale of organs, tissues, etc -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Poor -- England -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Dissection -- history.
Anatomy -- education.
Dissection -- legislation & jurisprudence.
History, 19th Century.
History, 20th Century.
Vulnerable Populations -- legislation & jurisprudence.
Genre History.
Contents 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.
Summary In the nineteenth century the business of anatomy was very profitable. However, existing in a Victorian underworld, its shadowy details and potential links to the Jack-the-Ripper murders were seldom exposed. In this accessible and vibrant account, Elizabeth Hurren brings to life lost pauper stories recovered from the asylums, infirmaries, workhouses, body dealers, railway men and undertakers that supplied the medical profession with dissection subjects. The details of those trading networks, corpse sales, body parts fees, railway transportation costs and funeral expenses have never been documented before now, yet this economy of supply in the dead underpinned modern medicine. In Dying for Victorian Medicine, Hurren allows us to look for the first time into the human face of abject poverty, working back in the archives from death to touch the lives of those compelled by pauperism to give up a loved one's body for dissection.
Other Title Print version: Hurren, Elizabeth T. Dying for Victorian medicine. Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011 9780230219663