Baby Cadavers Were Prized by Victorian Anatomists

A study of 54 dead babies was not all bad news.

In the Journal of Anatomy, University of Cambridge biological anthropologists reported on fetal and infant cadavers, dissected by anatomists between 1768-1913 and now stored in the university’s collections. The study found that child cadavers were both more common than previously thought and handled differently than adults, reflecting their importance in medical education.

In order to understand childhood health and development, “at some

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