We start with Eric Jackson and his History of Graverobbing.
'After You're Dead' tells the story of the rise of anatomy as a science in the 16th century and the concomitant need for bodies on which the anatomists could practice. It tells of how the bodies of certain executed criminals were granted for dissection but as this was insufficient due to the growth of schools of anatomy, grave robbers began stealing bodies to sell to the anatomists.
It details the measures taken to guard against having your, or the body of your loved one stolen.
It details the activities of the most famous of the body snatchers, Burke and Hare, the rise in the voluntary donation of bodies for medical research and some more modern-day examples of body snatching, interspersed with some light-hearted touches of related information along the way.
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