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Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men: excavations in the 19th-century burial ground of the London Hospital, 2006

2012

Abstract

In 2006, archaeological excavations in the grounds of the Royal London Hospital uncovered the remains of a burial ground used primarily for deceased but unclaimed patients. The buried population included at least 259 people who died between c 1825 and 1841. These were mostly adult and male, and many, prior to the Anatomy Act of 1832, had been dissected or subjected to autopsy; this took place alongside the vivisection of animals, including exotic species. A wealth of primary documentation is combined with the archaeological evidence to reveal the day-to-day life of the hospital and the complex relationship between medical innovation and criminal activity in the early 19th century. Doctors, dissection and resurrection men, was a major exhibition at the Museum of London in 2012-13.

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