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JAMES BLAKE BAILEY. 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. London, 1896.

JAMES BLAKE BAILEY. 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. London, 1896.

The illustration of a dissecting room in this account of the activities of a “resurrection man” in London provides a glimpse of the environment that anatomy lessons took place in during the early nineteenth century. It accompanies an account of the activities of a grave-robber in the years preceding the writing of Frankenstein, when the trade in recovered cadavers was at its height. Although great advances in understanding of anatomy and medical education were achieved with dissection, there was distrust among the general public regarding the motives of those doing the work.

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