Secrets of the Dead

The Rise of the Body Snatchers

Preview: Season 14 Episode 1 | 2m 37s

In the 18th century, private anatomy schools were set up across London to give medical students the opportunity to learn anatomy by dissecting human cadavers. But supply lagged behind demand. Anatomists needed many more bodies than the ones of hanged murderers, which were the only bodies legally available at that time for their study. This created a business for body snatchers.

Aired: 01/28/15

Rating: NR

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