Monday, February 5, 2018

Cadavers and the slave trade

The NY Times has an article on the intersection of the slave trade in the United States with the market for cadavers for anatomy classes in medical schools:

Beyond the Slave Trade, the Cadaver Trade, By Daina Ramey Berry

"One shocking fact that’s recently come to light: Major medical schools used slave corpses, acquired through an underground market in dead bodies, for education and research.

"Yes, there was a robust body-snatching industry in which cadavers — mostly the bodies of black people, many of whom had been enslaved when they were alive — were used at Harvard, the Universities of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and other institutions.
"Body snatchers like Grandison Harris of Georgia and Chris Baker of Virginia collected specimens for dissection for the benefit of medical colleges. While they received room, board and modest wages for the bodies they collected, they were also enslaved African-American men themselves, listed as “janitors” or “porters” in the medical schools’ records."

See some of my earlier posts on the cadaver trade:

Monday, July 3, 2017

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