Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Minding the dead: The watch towers of Glasnevin

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  1. Jennifer--What an interesting post! I had never heard of "Resurrectionists" before and was not aware of that practice. Thank you for posting this hsitorical tidbit, now I am curious if this was common in other places, as well.

  2. Given the admonition of both Church and State against desecration of the body after death, grave robbing was often the only way to facilitate the teaching of anatomy, not only in Ireland, but also in such countries as England, Scotland, Italy, and France.

    Such practices are said to have begun in the 16th century, reached their height during the 18th century, and continued through to the 19th century.

    In one of my favourite books by Christine Montross, entitled "Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab", she talks about this practice in relation to her own experiences in medical school.



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