Thanks Wayne a fascinating piece - even if a little off topic.
From: flora.1 [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, 30 July 2003 6:24 PM
Subject: [PJ] Surgeons...
Hello Lesley and List,
The following clip from an UK police web page raises interest apart from
Prior to the passing of the 1832 Anatomy Act the only corpses the
medical profession could legally get their hands on were those of hanged
murderers but these only averaged about 20-30 a year. There was not
enough to fill the demand... ... ...
At that time, in the eyes of the Law, dead bodies were not considered
property so if the local parish constable found someone taking a body
could only be charged with the minor offences of breaking and entering
or offending public morals. There was great demand for the services of
body snatchers. Surgeons needed them to practice their trade and conduct
Further reading concerning the history of Western surgery can be found
at the following URL