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Death, Dissection and the Destitute: The Politics of the Corpse in Pre-Victorian Britain Paperback – 16 Aug 2001

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; New edition edition (16 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842122770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842122778
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Until 1832 dissection-much hated and much feared-was restricted to the corpses of hanged murderers. Bodysnatching was rife. 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 Richardson's 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 research. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dr Ruth Richardson was born and grew up in Notting Hill, London. She was educated at Holland Park School, the City Literary Institute, and the University of Sussex. After leaving school she worked as a librarian in various specialist libraries and studied art and literature at evening classes. As a mature student at university she came upon the Anatomy Act while studying Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. This book is the result of a decade of further research. Ruth Richardson now works for the Institute of Historical Research, London.


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