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January 23, 1897

The Diary of a Resurrectionist 1811-1812 to which are added an account of the resurrection men in London, and a short history of the passing of the Anatomy Act.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(4):185. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440040041018

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Abstract

The student of medical history can not fail to be interested in the story of the troubles of William and John Hunter, Matthew Baillie, the elder Cline and Sir Astley Cooper in the matter of anatomy. That interesting work by Bransby Cooper, "Life of Sir Astley Cooper," refers in several places to the diary which is now reprinted by the Librarian of the College of Surgeons, to which institution the MS. was presented by the late Sir Thomas Longmore, who during his pupilage was dresser to Bransby Cooper.

The diary itself is of little intrinsic value, but as a collateral reference to the times immediately preceding the passage of the British Anatomy Act, it is of great interest. The gruesome details of the accounts of Mr. Josh. Naples, the chief resurrectionist, belong to the chapter of horrors fortunately closed by the more enlightened legislation of the last half of the

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