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This book is based on 17,500 pauper histories drawn from asylum, infirmary, hospital, and workhouse records. They have been cross-matched to four medical schools where the dissected helped those doing the dissection to expand medical education in the metropolis and provinces throughout Victorian England. That record linkage work seeks to ask key historical questions, such as was what was intended, what actually happened? Did the legislation turn into another type of event? Over time how did those changes impact on the most vulnerable in Victorian society?

Emma Greenland also ‘applied for the clothes he had on’. Emma recounted that the master ‘said if I had his clothes I must have his body, as the clothes he had on came to the parish’. She explained to the jury that ‘he went in with a very good clothes, [which] were borrowed ... and he was only there [in the workhouse] five days’. Emma needed the clothes because her dead husband did not own them. They were bought from a pawn shop and she had to repay the debt. The master refused. She confirmed that she did not attend the funeral: ‘I had my children ill, and could not attend’.

86). Burial and parish records now replicated dissection books. Of those that were destroyed, a duplicate copy of their work exists elsewhere in the system. Few saw the future historical potential of this record-keeping until now. 117 They were just very quiet about their involvement and managed their affairs discreetly. Although some refused to become regular suppliers, many more were eager to take up supply deals. In LGB files evidence has survived that shows body supply networks were extensive throughout England.

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