The Body Divided : Human Beings and Human 'Material' in Modern Medical History, Hardback Book

The Body Divided : Human Beings and Human 'Material' in Modern Medical History Hardback

Edited by Sarah Ferber, Sally Wilde

Part of the The History of Medicine in Context series


Bodies and body parts of the dead have long been considered valuable material for use in medical science.

Over time and in different places, they have been dissected, autopsied, investigated, harvested for research and therapeutic purposes, collected to turn into museum and other specimens, and then displayed, disposed of, and exchanged. This book examines the history of such activities, from the early nineteenth century through to the present, as they took place in hospitals, universities, workhouses, asylums and museums in England, Australia and elsewhere.

Through a series of case studies, the volume reveals the changing scientific, economic and emotional value of corpses and their contested place in medical science.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Medical sociology
  • ISBN: 9780754668343



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