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Burke & Hare: The True Story of the Bodysnatchers
Burke Hare The True Story of the Bodysnatchers Author:Hugh Douglas Nineteenth century Britain, never before so prosperous or so powerful, led the World in scientific knowledge and inventions. And in Edinburgh, that shining city of the north, were the famous halls of medicine where the renowned surgeons worked. — But festering beneath the wealthy exterior was the terrible poverty, the near-slavery conditions of ... more »the factories, the cruel blood-bath that surgery really was, without anesthetics or anatomical knowledge. The traffic in dead bodies for doctors to study was just one of the scandals of the times, and no more so than the deeds of Burke and Hare in Edinburgh, who gave the medical men fresh bodies to explore, innocents but recently murdered.
This carefully researched book sets these crimes against their true background, shows the men for what they were, describes the doctors they supplied and the fate they so richly deserved.« less