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Morbid curiosities : medical museums in nineteenth-century Britain

Author: Samuel J M M Alberti
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'Morbid Curiosities' is a comprehensive study of 19th-century medical museums in Britain. This book looks at the variety of collections of human remains in Britain and is a history of the material culture of medical knowledge.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel J M M Alberti
ISBN: 9780199584581 0199584583
OCLC Number: 687683424
Description: xiii, 238 pages : illustrations
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction: A Parliament of Monsters --
Framing morbidity --
Anatomy and Enlightenment --
museum taxonomy --
2. Situating Pathology: A Cultural Cartography --
Urban contexts --
Spaces for collections --
disciplinary landscape --
status of pathology --
Materiality and disciplinarity --
3. Collecting Pathology: Fragmentation and the Traffic in Morbid Flesh --
Dismemberment --
Manufacturing specimens --
Gifting bodies --
Costly remains --
Vestiges of identity --
Bodily fragments as objects --
4. Preserving Pathology: Craft and Technique in the Medical Museum --
preservator's palette --
Manual methods and method manuals --
role of preparation --
Preservation in practice --
organic collection --
5. Displaying Pathology: Maps of Morbidity --
healthy body --
sick body --
illustrated body --
model body --
textual body --
Pathological intermediality --
6. Viewing Pathology: Medical Museums and their Visitors --
object of medical education --
Accessing collections --
Morbid sensescapes --
good, the bad, and the ugly --
museum affect --
7. Conclusion: A Catalogue of Errors --
Evolution or extinction? --
Regulation and re-invention --
Material morbidity --
Selected Bibliography.
Responsibility: Samuel J.M.M. Alberti.
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