The History of Human Cadavers

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The History of Human Cadavers

Human Dissection was prohibited in England, except for a group of physicians who were allowed to dissect a small group of cadavers

The History of Human Cadavers

By: Cassie Ruml

Time Line

200 BCE

Greek physicians, Herophilos and Erasistratus first begin dissecting human cadavers.

16th Century


The Murder Act is created.This allowed the corpses of murderers to be used for dissection. On July 1st, 1828 the act was repealed


Cadaver: Dead body (both human and animal) used for dissection.Human Dissection is used to teach anatomy to students who are studying medicine.

Galen (a physician in the Roman Empirewas forbidden from using humans for dissection as a replacement he used apes.

Students studying medicine generally dissect humans, and students studying biology dissect animals and sometimes plants.

Embalming Fluids are chemicals that temporarily the body's decomposition and make it look more ''life-like'' for viewing after death. For example. Abraham Lincoln's body had huge amounts of embalming fluid and as a result his appearance is very similar to how it was before his assassination.

I chose this topic because it relates to my dream job of being a medical examiner, which is someone who is legally qualified to examine dead bodies in suspicous situations.

In the Islamic world dissection was taboo, (something that went against their religion.) so like the Roman Empire dissection was forbidden.

Today cadavers are still used to study human anatomy, (some people do use cadavers of animals to study animal anatomy as well.) The use of cadavers provides medical students with first-hand experience of dissection, without hurting a living person or animal.

This skeleton is happy because he isn't buried six feet underground


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