Body Snatching & Grave Robbing: Bodies for Science

@article{Highet2005BodyS,
  title={Body Snatching \& Grave Robbing: Bodies for Science},
  author={Megan Highet},
  journal={History and Anthropology},
  year={2005},
  volume={16},
  pages={415 - 440}
}
  • M. Highet
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Law
  • History and Anthropology
This paper parallels the history of body snatching for dissection in the United States with the robbing of Native American graves by nineteenth‐century anthropologists for osteological collections. The implications of the similarities revealed are discussed; specifically whether ethical responsibilities to the deceased were being upheld by researchers and how these practices were maintained through the exploitation of marginalized members of society. In both cases, bodies were commodified in… 

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