Dying for Victorian Medicine

English Anatomy and its Trade in the Dead Poor, c. 1834–1929

  • Elizabeth T. Hurren

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. An Historical Landscape

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Elizabeth T. Hurren
      Pages 74-115
  3. An English Anatomy Trade

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Elizabeth T. Hurren
      Pages 175-217
    3. Elizabeth T. Hurren
      Pages 303-311
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 312-380

About this book


The first book to provide a detailed analysis of the body-trafficking networks of the dead poor that underpinned the expansion of medical education from Victorian times. With an even-handed approach to the business of anatomy, Hurren uses remarkable case histories which still echo a vibrant body-business on the internet today in a biomedical age.


Anatomy dissection body trade death and dying medical education Victorian history poverty workhouse asylum infirmary Charles Dickens Anatomy Act Social History Medical History anatomy Cambridge death education English hospital medicine NATO networks Oxford

Authors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth T. Hurren
    • 1
  1. 1.Oxford Brookes UniversityUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2012
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-30515-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-35565-1
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