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Also called "resurrectionists, " body snatchers, were careful not to take anything from the grave but the body-stealing only the corpse was not considered a felony since the courts had already said that a dead body had no owner. ("Burking"-i.e., murder-was the alternative method of supplying "stiffs" to medical schools; it is covered here as well).This book recounts the practice of grave robbing for the medical education of American medical students and physicians during the late 1700s and 1800s in the US, why body snatching came about and how disinterment was done, and presents information on: efforts to prevent the practice, a group of professional grave robbers, and the European experience.
Title: Body Snatching: The Robbing Of Graves For The Education Of Physicians In Early Nineteenth Century America
Edition: Ex Library
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina, U.S.A., McFarland & Co Inc Pub: 1992
ISBN Number: 0899505872
ISBN Number 13: 9780899505879
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Weight: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 112937
Description: Ex-library copy with the usual stamps and markings. Interior pages clean and unmarked; tight binding. 134 pages. Full maroon cloth boards with gilt lettering.