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The Bodysnatcher: From Shroud to Specimen

A lecture on 18th and 19th century bodysnatchers and anatomy schools

As private anatomy schools flourished in the 18th Century, all were faced with one problem : the lack of corpses available for dissection. To provide teaching specimens, even the most respectable of surgeons had the same recourse – to the bodysnatcher! The chill of winter was the best time of year for anatomy lessons to take place – and the dark nights aided the bodysnatchers to visit graveyards undiscovered...


Assistant Curator Kirsty Chilton | talks | www


Date and Time:

28 June 2008 at 2:00 pm


1 hour



Old Operating Theatre, Museum & Herb Garret
9a St Thomas' Street
020 7188 2679

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