Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: 1788 Doctor’s riot

  • An interrupted dissection

    The increasing interest in teaching anatomy by dissecting the human cadaver had a sordid side—the practice of body snatching, the illegal removal of corpses from graves, often by organized gangs of so-called resurrectionists. Body snatching was first recorded in Italy as early as the fourteenth century and as the centuries went on it became widespread…