absorbing (Christopher Lawrence, Times Literary Supplement
a welcome and original addition to the scholarship on natural and medical history ... consistently engaging and accessible (Victoria Bates, Archives of Natural History
an intellectually lively and valuable study that shifts attention away from bodies to those body parts which made up museum collections. (Keir Waddington, British Journal for the History of Science
so this is a provocative, well researched, and elegantly written book. [Alberti] has reconstructed a persuasive history of the changing contexts of practices, meaning, and function of medical museums. This book nicely crosses disciplinary boundaries and will appeal to museologists, medical historians, anthropologists, art historians, and museum professionals. (Shauna Devine, Bulletin of the History of Medicine
About the Author
Samuel J.M.M. Alberti is Director of Museums and Archives at the Royal College of Surgeons of England; previously he held a joint position at the University of Manchester, where he was a researcher at the Manchester Museum and a lecturer at the Centre for Museology. He is author of Nature and Culture: Objects, Disciplines and the Manchester Museum and editor of The Afterlives of Animals: A Museum Menagerie.