Grave Robbing, Human Dissection and Science: The Surprising History of Body Snatching
9 min

Dissection of the human body dates back to the time of the ancient Egyptians. But this form of medical study was not common practice in the U.S. until the 1740s when the University of Pennsylvania taught America's first formal anatomy course. While this ushered in the era of modern medical education, it also created a grim reality: the suddenly expanding need for cadavers outpaced the supply source. How would this rapidly dwindling supply of dead bodies be replenished…?

In this episode, Stephanie discusses the surprising history of body snatching and how modern medicine relied on it.

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The following music (or edited pieces thereof) were used in this episode:
Waltz to Death (YouTube Creator Library)
Doll Dancing (YouTube Creator Library)

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