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Possessing the Dead. The Artful Science of Anatomy.

Macdonald, Helen

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ISBN 10: 0522857353 / ISBN 13: 9780522857351
Verlag: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne University Press, 2010
Gebraucht Zustand: As New Softcover
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Titel: Possessing the Dead. The Artful Science of ...

Verlag: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2010

Einband: Soft cover

Zustand:As New

Auflage: 1st Edition

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With a rare blend of curiosity, delight in the unexpected, and an eye for detail, this account explores the disturbing history of the cadaver trade in Australia, England, and Scotland. Drawing on a rich array of material and using Australian Aboriginal cricketer Charles Rose’s 1868 death in London as an example this examination argues that no corpse lying in a workhouse, hospital, or asylum was entirely safe from interference despite the established laws that gave certain officials possession of the dead. Intriguing and informative, this chronicle reveals a gruesome past and the chicanery at play behind the procuring of bodies for dissections, autopsies, and collections.

About the Author:

Helen MacDonald is the author of the critically acclaimed Human Remains, which won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award and was short-listed for the Ernest Scott History Prize. She is a senior fellow at The Australian Center in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne.

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