Death, Dissection and the Destitute.

@article{Lenman1987DeathDA,
  title={Death, Dissection and the Destitute.},
  author={Bruce Lenman and Ruth Richardson},
  journal={The Economic History Review},
  year={1987},
  volume={41},
  pages={475}
}
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 punishment for poverty. Providing both historical and contemporary insights, "Death, Dissection, and the… 

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