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MH Kaufman
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Volume 35: Issue 3: 2005




After the 1832 Anatomy Act, all bodies that were to be used by medical students for dissection were supplied to Schools of Anatomy based on their needs. During the Winter Session of 1848–9, a high proportion of the bodies supplied to the  University  of  Edinburgh, and  the  majority  of  those  supplied  to  the  Argyle Square School had died of an infectious disease. Most had died from cholera, while others had died of typhus, tuberculosis or other infectious diseases. These bodies were not embalmed before dissection. Therefore, both medical students and their teachers in Departments of Anatomy, in addition to those in the hospitals in which they  had  died, would  have  been  at  risk  of  becoming  infected  or  even  dying  as  a consequence of exposure to these infected individuals.