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By Piers Mitchell

Excavations of clinical tuition and workhouse cemeteries undertaken in Britain within the final decade have unearthed attention-grabbing new proof for how that our bodies have been dissected or autopsied within the eighteenth and 19th centuries. This e-book brings jointly the newest discoveries by means of those organic anthropologists, along specialists within the early heritage of pathology museums in British clinical faculties and the Royal collage of Surgeons of britain, and clinical historians learning the social context of dissection and post-mortem within the Georgian and Victorian sessions. jointly they display a formerly unknown view of the perform of anatomical dissection and the function of museums during this interval, in parallel with the attitudes of the overall inhabitants to the research of human anatomy within the Enlightenment.

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J. ), Forensic Osteology: Advances in the Identification of Human Remains, 2nd edn (Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas, 1998), p. 359. 3 per cent were tibiae. 5 per cent of tibiae with defleshing marks were noted to exhibit inflammatory remodelling. 1 control for differential representation of elements. It should be borne in mind, however, that that bones of the lower limbs may show higher rates of cut marks due to the heavier musculature requiring deeper cuts for defleshing. Overall, the skeletal evidence suggests that lower limb bones were more frequently bisected and more frequently dissected, possibly using different techniques on the lower limbs due to variation in morphology or with different aims of modification.

35 Hastings, ‘On the Peculiarly soft State of the Structure of the Lungs’, p. 4. 36 A. Ogden, ‘Skeletal Report for the Tallow Hill Excavation’ (unpublished report: Bradford University, 2003), p. 11. 37 Manuel, Marshall Hall, p. 61. 38 The paper goes on to describe several post-mortem examinations of the brain, its structures, appearance and the presence of pathological changes, including an illustration of case where in addition to a craniotomy, examination of the spinal cord, thorax, pericardium and abdomen were undertaken.

41 Despite periods of financial hardship and internal staff disputes, all the evidence from the archaeological and historical records suggests that the provincial Worcester Royal Infirmary was a centre of considerable medical standing for its day. The purpose-built hospital with its designated facilities for treatment as well as dissection, complimented by the provision of anatomical preparations, supported the needs of practitioners, researchers and students alike, suggesting that the infirmary fulfilled its role as well as any metropolitan hospital.

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