The Victorian trade in dead bodies

If you died young in a 19th-century slum, there was a good chance that your body would be sold for medical research. The trade in corpses was a shadowy one but, asks Elizabeth T Hurren, who has written a book on the subject, where would modern medicine be without it?

'Resurrectionists', or grave robbers, stealing a corpse from a cemetery to be sold for anatomical study and dissection, c1840. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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