Sarah Ferber is Associate Professor of History at the University of
Sally Wilde is Honorary Research Fellow at
University of Queensland, Australia.
February 1, 2012
Bodies and body parts of the dead have long been
considered valuable material for use in medical science. Over time and
in different places, they have been dissected, autopsied, investigated,
harvested for research and therapeutic purposes, collected to turn into
museum and other specimens, and then displayed, disposed of, and
exchanged. This book examines the history of such activities, from the
early nineteenth century through to the present, as they took place in
hospitals, universities, workhouses and lunatic asylums in England and
Australia. Through a series of case studies, the volume reveals the
changing scientific, economic and emotional value of corpses and their
contested place in medical science.