John Pemble: Victorian Corpse Trade, 25 October 2012
Show More Dying for Victorian Medicine: English Anatomy and Its Trade in the Dead Poor, c.1834-1929 by Elizabeth Hurren.
Palgrave, 380 pp., £65, December 2011, 978 0 230 21966 3Show More
Dickens and the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor by Ruth Richardson.
Oxford, 370 pp., £16.99, February 2012, 978 0 19 964588 6Show More
“... to supply anatomy teachers with corpses for dissection. In Dying for Victorian Medicine, Elizabeth Hurren uncovers a sordid trade that commoditised human remains. At the consumer end of the market were the medical schools, avid for dissection material following increases in 1858 and 1885 to the part played by anatomy in the medical syllabus. At ...”