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The afterlife of death
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas, History of Science.
2017 (English)In: The Bioarchaeology of Dissection and Autopsy in the United States / [ed] Kenneth C. Nystrom, New York: Springer, 2017, p. vii-xiChapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Foreword to volume on bioarchaeological projects and encounters with evidence of postmortem examinations - dissection or autopsy in historic skeletal collections is relatively rare, but recently there has been an increase in the number of reported instances. And much of what has been evaluated has been largely descriptive and historical. The Bioarchaeology of Dissection and Autopsy brings together in a single volume the skeletal evidence of postmortem examination in the United States. Ranging from the early colonial period to the early 1900’s, from a coffeehouse at Colonial Williamsburg to a Quaker burial vault in lower Manhattan, the contributions to this volume demonstrate the interpretive significance of a historically and theoretically contextualized bioarchaeology. The authors employ a wide range of perspectives, demonstrating how bioarchaeological evidence can be used to address a wide range of themes including social identity and marginalization, racialization, the nature of the body and fragmentation, and the emergence of medical practice and authority in the United States.​

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Springer, 2017. p. vii-xi
Series
Bioarchaeology and social theory
Keywords [en]
dissection, anatomy, history of medicine, bioarchaeology, bioethics, history of race
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
Bioethics; History of Sciences and Ideas; History; Human Anatomy; Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-345165ISBN: 978-3-319-26836-1 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-345165DiVA, id: diva2:1188671
Available from: 2018-03-08 Created: 2018-03-08 Last updated: 2018-03-08Bibliographically approved

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