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Morbid Curiosities: Medical Museums in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Samuel J.M.M. Alberti


Recent medical and artistic scandals have drawn attention to the problems of storing and displaying human remains. This book places contemporary discussions into a much‐needed historical context by tracing the history of dead bodies in museums. It is concerned with the afterlives of diseased parts (in particular) in the medical marketplace, asking how they got to collections, what happened to them there, and who used them. Pathologists dismembered the dead body and preserved the fragments, whether by injection or by storage in fluid, fashioning them into material culture. Such body parts follo ... More

Keywords: museums, human remains, pathology, display, collecting, visitors, nineteenth century, Britain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199584581
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584581.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel J.M.M. Alberti, author
Director of Museums and Archives at the Royal College of Surgeons of England