500 Years of Human Dissection


Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6:00pm


Pfizer Lecture Hall, Mallinckrodt Chemistry Lab, B23, 12 Oxford Street

Public Lecture with David S. Jones, A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine,  Harvard University, and Dominic Hall, Curator, Warren Anatomical Museum, Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

Throughout 500 years of human dissection, anatomists have struggled to maintain access to cadavers amid shifting laws and social mores. This lecture will chronicle the legal and ethical tensions involved in obtaining cadavers and how practices have changed over time. The speakers will discuss how acquisition arrangements once considered to be acceptable, even routine, became problematic and evolved into current donation systems and respectful dissection.

Body of Knowledge: A History of Anatomy, an exhibition at the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, will be open until 9:00 pm following the lecture.

Free event parking available in the 52 Oxford Street Garage

Sponsored by the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments