Grave-Robbers and Bodysnatchers in Devon
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As the importance of anatomy was established, medical schools in the 19th century had a growing need for human specimens to dissect. The general religious belief that the body should remain intact after death meant that they were scarce and the illegal trade of grave-robbing emerged. This history examines the activities of one of the leading exponents, Thomas Vaughan, in Plymouth during the 1830s.