• Tinne ClaesEmail author
Part of the Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History book series (MBSMH)


In the conclusion, Claes returns to her main point, namely that anatomists began to treat the body as a subject rather than an object. Carefully comparing her own research on Belgium with other national and regional cases, she argues that the decades around 1900 were a pivotal moment in the history of anatomy. Cultural, religious and personal sensibilities began to affect the treatment of the corpse in anatomy from acquisition to disposal: anatomical donation gradually replaced the involuntary dissection of the poor, the inviolability of the corpse became more important during autopsies and anatomical remains no longer received an anonymous inhumation, but an individual grave.


Anatomy Corpse Objectification Culture of death Medical ethics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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