Body Snatchers - Michael Dowsett Reviews
Description:Genre: History / Author: Michael Dowsett / Kindle Edition / 81 Pages
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This review is of the book "Body Snatchers" by Michael Dowsett, a non-fiction book which looks at the 'work' of the body snatchers before the Anatomy Act was passed. In short, body snatchers were the individuals and gangs who stole bodies from the ground to sell to surgeons. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries anatomy was becoming more important, but surgeons had access to only a few bodies of convicted criminals who were sentenced to death. Therefore in order to operate on the living, they needed to practice on the dead. To practice on the dead needed a constant supply of bodies, which medical schools across the country, but ... Read the complete review
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