Doctors, dissection and resurrection men

Paperback edition 2014

Louise Fowler, Natasha Powers


In 2006, archaeological excavations in the grounds of the Royal London Hospital uncovered the remains of a burial ground used primarily for deceased but unclaimed patients. The buried population included at least 259 people who died between c 1825 and 1841. These were mostly adult and male, and many, prior to the Anatomy Act of 1832, had been dissected or subjected to autopsy; this took place alongside the vivisection of animals, including exotic species. A wealth of primary documentation is combined with the archaeological evidence to reveal the day-to-day life of the hospital and the complex relationship between medical innovation and criminal activity in the early 19th century.

Doctors, dissection and resurrection men, was a major exhibition at the Museum of London in 2012-13.

Monograph Series 62.
MOLA 2014.
ISBN 978-1-907586-26-2.
Pb 229pp.
202 bl/wh and col ills.