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Human Remains, Paperback / softback Book

Human Remains Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback


What should happen to the dead? Bone collecting, body snatching and the politics of the trade in human remains is a gothic tale that still haunts contemporary life.

Human Remains tells the scandalous story of how medical men obtained the corpses upon which they worked before anatomy was regulated in Australia and Britain.

Moving back and forth between Britain and the island penal colony of Tasmania, the book examines an era when convicted murderers received the double sentence of both death and dissection, the poor who died in hospital were routinely turned over to the surgeon for study, and great men traded in human remains, including those of Aboriginal people.


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