A Sketch of the Life and Writings of Robert Knox the anatomist.
by [KNOX, Robert (1793-1862)] Henry LONSDALE (1816-1876).
London:: Macmillan, 1870., 1870. Small 8vo. Frontispiece of Knox standing as if lecturing, port. pl., index; mildly foxed. Original brick-red blind- and gilt-stamped cloth. Book-label and inscription of J.D. Rose, chemist, Jarrow-on-Tyne. "Of Burke and Hare murders fame. The gentleman for whom the "Bodies" were supplied." He suffered for lack of bodies for dissecting due to the Anatomy Act of 1832, resulting in a real scarcity for bodies to study from for medical students. This forced the rise of body-snatching. William Hare, had a renter who died and in debt to him – so he delivered the body to Knox who paid him £7.10s for delivery of the body to the dissecting rooms. This initiated Burke and Hare to seek out tramps and drunks to murder and sell the bodies for profit. The so-called "West Port Murders" totaled 16 persons. Convicted of the crime, Burke was hung, dissected and "displayed". Know escaped prosecution but not the ire of those who lived in Edinburgh. The mob took their aim at Knox's home. Knox was forced to resign his commissions and this continued for years. His only income was to give public lectures and medical journalism. The author of this account, Lonsdale, was a personal friend.
(Inventory #: M13430)
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