Report of the Select Committee of the House of Representatives ... Legalizing the Study of Anatomy

Dublin Core

Title

Report of the Select Committee of the House of Representatives ... Legalizing the Study of Anatomy

Subject

Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts. General Court. House of Representatives.
Congressional committee reports

Description

This state report provided key arguments for the repeal of the 1815 Act to Protect the Sepulchres of the Dead by the Massachusetts Legislature and so legalized dissection of human bodies for anatomical study. Dr. John Collins Warren, stressing the essential importance of dissection, stated, “Some may perhaps believe that books, and plates, and wax figures convey adequate notions of the human structure. This is an opinion natural enough, but entirely erroneous…. It is probable that a single square inch of the human body contains more parts distinctly organized, than could be represented by all the wax figures which ingenuity has ever contrived.” This copy belonged to Dr. John Collins Warren.

Abstract

First page of the report of the Massachusetts Legislature legalizing the dissection of human bodies

Creator

Massachusetts. General Court. House of Representatives.

Publisher

Dutton and Wentworth

Date Created

1831

Rights

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Access Rights

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Is Part Of

Harvard Medical Library Rare Books Collection (QM40.M4 1831)

Format

text

Extent

excerpt (1 page)

Language

English

Type

text

Identifier

DigID0002413

Provenance

From the Collections of the Harvard Medical Library

Files

http://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/file_upload/0002413_dref.jpg

Citation

Massachusetts. General Court. House of Representatives., “Report of the Select Committee of the House of Representatives ... Legalizing the Study of Anatomy,” OnView, accessed July 15, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6559.