In Pictures: Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men at the Museum of London

By Culture24 Reporter | 17 October 2012
A photo of an ancient human skull with a line cut above the forehead for investigation
In the early 19th century, a huge demand for fresh bodies fuelled the gruesome practice of body snatching© Museum of London Archaeology
A photo of a wax anatomical figure of a human body laid out on a wooden table
An excavation undertaken in 2006 by Museum of London Archaeology uncovered a forgotten burial ground, in use between 1825 and 1841, at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel© Science Museum, Science and Society Picture Library
A photo of a scientific investigator in a white lab coat and blue glove working on stone
The excavation revealed 262 burials, revealing a period when the hospital bypassed the body snatchers and used their unclaimed, deceased patients for dissection practice© Museum of London
A photo of a wax dissection of a head and neck from 1851 balanced on a wood block
This Joseph Towne wax model was created for the 1851 Great Exhibition© Gordon Museum, King's College London
A photo of a cross section of human skull opened for anatomical investigation
The impact of the examinations is revealed in a display combining human remains with exquisite illustrations, objects and multimedia interpretation© Museum of London Archaeology

  • Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men is at the Museum of London until April 14 2013. Read our Preview.
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