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History of Burke and Hare, And of the Resurrectionist Times

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The History of Burke and Hare, And of the Resurrectionist Times is a well-researched and engaging account of the infamous duo Burke and Hare, who committed a series of murders in the early 19th century in order to sell the bodies to medical schools for dissection. Author George MacGregor provides a detailed look at the social and economic factors that led to the rise of resurrectionists and the demand for cadavers for medical research.

The book delves into the lives of William Burke and William Hare, exploring their motivations, crimes, and eventual downfall. MacGregor's writing is both informative and immersive, taking readers back to a dark and unsettling period in history. The author also examines the broader implications of the Burke and Hare case, shedding light on the ethical dilemmas surrounding the use of cadavers for medical research.

Overall, The History of Burke and Hare is a compelling read for anyone interested in true crime, medical history, or the darker aspects of human nature. MacGregor's meticulous research and gripping storytelling make this book a valuable addition to the literature on the subject.

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From the preface: ".....of all the criminal events that have occurred in Scotland, few have excited so deep, widespread, and lasting an interest as those which took place during what have been called the Resurrectionist Times, and notably, the dreadful series of murders perpetrated in the name of anatomical science by Burke and Hare. In the preparation of this work the Author has had a double purpose before him. He has sought not only to record faithfully the lives and crimes of Burke and Hare, and their two female associates, but also to present a general view of the Resurrectionist movement from its earliest inception until the passing of the Anatomy Act in 1832, when the violation of the sepulchres of the dead for scientific purposes was rendered unnecessary, and absolutely inexcusable."

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