The Anatomy Act

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The mur­ders in Ed­in­burgh and Lon­don led to the pass­ing of the 1832 Anatomy Act, which stamped out bodys­natch­ing. Anatomy teach­ers were now li­censed and it was le­gal to dis­sect un­claimed bod­ies, par­tic­u­larly from pris­ons and work­houses. The rule that mur­der­ers’ bod­ies could be dis­sected was abol­ished to as­suage the pub­lic. In­stead, the new law sim­ply cre­ated a fear of the work­house for gen­er­a­tions to come.

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