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Anatomy : A Matter of Death and Life

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A fascinating history of anatomy, from artistic explorations by Leonardo da Vinci and the full-body papier-mache model produced by Louis Auzoux to the crimes of William Burke and William Hare in 19th-century Edinburgh

This history of how anatomy was studied focuses on Edinburgh and the West Port murders in 1828 and acknowledges the science's reliance on dead bodies taken without consent. Edinburgh was an important centre for medical teaching at this time but the sixteen murders exposed the darker side of the practice and study of medicine - the bodies were sold by Burke and Hare to the Edinburgh University anatomist Dr Robert Knox.

The book accompanies a major exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland 2 July-30 October 22 which charts five hundred years of medical exploration.

  • Author: Tacye Phillipson,  Senior Curator of Science at National Museums Scotland.
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Date published: July 2022
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781910682463
  • Product Dimensions:  24.4 x 18.8 cm

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