Rini’s riveting mummy heads

This photo by Dario Piombino-Mascali, EURAC, and Clinical Anatomy/Wiley is one of several featured in James Owen’s National Geographic article “Mummy Pictures: Secrets of Stunning 19th-Century Heads Revealed“: Owen explains: “Working in the town of Salò, anatomist Giovan Battista Rini (1795-1856) “petrified” the corpses and body parts by bathing them in a cocktail of mercury and other […]

Coroners & Body Part Sales: Perspective

Some historical perspective for the case of the New Orleans coroner whose election opponent is accusing him of selling body parts: “Whose body is it anyway?: trading the dead poor, coroner’s disputes, and the business of anatomy at Oxford University, 1885-1929,” Elizabeth T. Hurren, Bull Hist Med, Winter 2008;82(4):775-818. The author, at Wellcome Trust Centre […]