Retrospective Audio on the “Doctors’ Riot” of 1788

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History of Grave Robbers

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In the late 1700s, medical colleges needed cadavers for educational dissection, but there were no legal means for obtaining them.

This led to some unorthodox dealings in the acquiring of bodies, and brought New York to a fever pitch in 1788.


ME-P Editor at the Grave of EA Poe, in Baltimore, MD

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