Journals Higher Education



Published: 27 January 2012

288 Pages | 29 illustrations

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199766826

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The Doctor Dissected

A Cultural Autopsy of the Burke and Hare Murders

Caroline McCracken-Flesher

  • Probes the rich and surprisingly long cultural afterlife of the scandalous anatomy murders: Burke and Hare's crime has inspired novels, plays, video games, and now, a feature film starring Simon Pegg and directed by Jon Landis
  • Features over 25 illustrations that trace the anatomy murders' representation in popular culture
  • Interdisciplinary approach will appeal to scholars of literature, history, and cultural studies more broadly
  • Draws on recently discovered letters expose the full extent of Knox's obstructiveness, and of Walter Scott's role in the scandal