Our Chat Stop will be on Zoom Video Conferencing. Free as they always were.
Meeting ID: 861 3578 1632
14:00 (login from 13:45)
Passcode: Will be sent out to PHSG members via eNews.
After You’re Dead – Eric A. Jackson
The story of dissection and grave robbing
This talk tells of the rise and history of anatomical dissection, its use as a punishment and how the ever-growing need for bodies led to grave robbing to feed the requirement of the anatomists for bodies.
It describes the methods used by the grave robbers and the various measures people took to prevent their corpse being stolen.
It covers those most famous of grave robbers, Burke and Hare, their apprehension and trial, and their ultimate fate.
It details how government reacted to the robbing of graves and the Acts of Parliament which gave the anatomists legal access to cadavers.
The talk covers the story of Margorie McCall, the “Lady with the Ring”, who reputedly died once and was buried twice, and some more recent cases of body-snatching – not as gruesome as it sounds, it is presented in a light-hearted manner suitable for any audience.