The Museum of London's latest exhibition, Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men, explores the relationship between the surgeons at the forefront of pushing forward anatomical study in the early 19th century and the bodysnatchers who supplied them.
In 2006, the museum's archaeologists excavated a forgotten burial ground at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London.
Among the 262 burials, they found extensive evidence of dissection, autopsy and amputation, bones wired for teaching and animals dissected for comparative anatomy. It became clear that for a period of the 19th century, the hospital bypassed the bodysnatchers and used their unclaimed deceased patients for dissection practice.
The exhibition looks at 19th century surgery, the evolving study of anatomy, the introduction of the Anatomy Act and the public's attitude towards dissection at the time.
GP is giving away two pairs of tickets to the exhibition. Simply email GPletters@haymarket.com by Wednesday 20 February 2013, with your name and postal address, including the words 'Museum of London' in the subject line.
Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men is at the Museum of London until 14 April 2013
- For full details visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk or you can book tickets by calling 020 7001 9844.
- The museum is open from 10am to 6pm, seven days a week.
The exhibition is not recommended for children under 12.