Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

15/10/2012

The body snatchers: The grisly source behind some of the most extraordinary medical discoveries

It was one of the most gruesome finds of recent years – 262 skeletons or parts of skeletons in unmarked graves at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, East London.

The men and women all died in the 1820s and 1830s. And all bore the crude hallmarks of early dissection.

The 2006 discovery by medical archaeologists confirmed an unpalatable truth. The basis of much modern medicine was learned in the 19th Century from corpses taken from cemeteries by body-snatchers. for more click here

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