The Sack-'em-up Men. An Account of the Rise and Fall of the Modern Resurrectionists. With 60 full page- and many text illustrations.
Ball, James Moores, M.D. LL.D.
Edinburgh, London: 1928, Oliver and Boyd.
First Edition. xxxi, 219 pp. HC. 8vo.
[Medicine - History of M.]
[Anatomy - Dissection]
[Grave-Robbers - Bodysnatchers -Dissection]
"Resurrectionist" was a euphemism for the grave robbers who supplied the Company of Barbers and Surgeons with illigal bodies for anatomical study. Until 1726, they were only allowed four a year, usually bodies of executed criminals. At the time, partly for that reason, Great Britain was far behind studies on Continental Europe. Under the reign of George II this changed; all bodies of executed criminals were supplied for anatomical studies and the resurrectionists soon were obsolete..
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