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The doctor dissected [electronic resource] : a cultural autopsy of the Burke and Hare murders / Caroline McCracken-Flesher.

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Subject: Burke, William, 1792-1829 > In mass media.
Hare, William, 1792?-1870? > In mass media.
Knox, Robert, 1791-1862 > In mass media.
Body snatching > Scotland > Edinburgh > History > 19th century.
Murder > Scotland > Edinburgh > History > 19th century.
Murder in mass media.
Collective memory > Scotland.
Murder in mass media > Scotland.
Crime in popular culture > Scotland.
English literature > Scottish authors > History and criticism.
Scottish literature > History and criticism.

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  • ISBN: 9780190252854 (ebook)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 272 p.) : ill.
  • Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2012.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.: A series of bizarre disappearances filled the citizens of early nineteenth-century Scotland with terror. When the perpetrators were finally apprehended in 1828, their motive roiled the nation: William Burke and William Hare had murdered for profit. The cadavers supplied a ready payout, courtesy of Dr. Robert Knox, who was desperate for anatomical subjects. Nearly two hundred years later, these scandalous murders continue to fire imagination in Scotland and beyond.
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