The Diary of a Resurrectionist, 1811-1812

The Diary of a Resurrectionist, 1811-1812

Curious Publications


As The Butte Daily Post said in 1897, this book is a “gruesome publication.” The Diary covers a unique vocation that thrived in the early nineteenth century: Resurrectionist. It was a job created out of a need for anatomy schools to acquire bodies for dissection during lectures. Fresh bodies. And those willing to dig them up were paid handsomely for their morbid efforts. William Burke and William Hare, who you’ll read about within these pages, killed sixteen people in Edinburgh in 1828 in order to deliver the freshest bodies possible. The reproduction of the original 1896 book maintains the spellings and treatment of the diary entries. While the subject matter is fascinating, it should be consumed purely for your own education and curiosity. Curious Publications has no desire to see resurrectionism resurrected.


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