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.