When public ‘body research’ goes wrong: thoughts on a post from the Atlantic

These are just some quick thoughts prompted by what I found to be a questionable narrative published recently in the Atlantic and entitled:  The Saintliness of Undecayed Corpses by Katherine Harvey, a research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. What follows are simply my own views on the matter, coming from someone who has been interested…

Episode 2. Favourite texts on human remains collections (Ep. 2 in Anatomical bodies/collections series)

[..] especially from the sixteenth century onwards, [anatomists] have developed a wide range of techniques for preserving, modelling and displaying bodies and parts thereof. To arrest putrefaction after death, bodies have been dried or immersed in fluid, and to exhibit various aspects of these bodies practitioners have engaged in such work as sculpting, inflating, injecting,…