E Humphries
Journal Issue: 
Volume 44: Issue 1: 2014



During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries anatomy theatres
in Scotland suffered from a shortage of cadaveric material. Medical students and their teachers were eager to improve their medical education and began to look for ways to further their anatomy knowledge and so turned to bodysnatching. Bodysnatching failed to meet the demand so some resorted to murder to acquire cadavers, sometimes in exchange for money.  Bodysnatching became common throughout the British Isles and prompted the 1832 Anatomy Act, which allowed unclaimed bodies to be used for dissection.

KEYWORDS Bodysnatching, Aberdeen, Andrew Moir, Aberdeen Medical Society

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