Table of contents for A traffic of dead bodies : anatomy and embodied social identity in nineteenth-century America / Michael Sappol.


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Counter Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
1. "The Mysteries of the Dead Body": Death, Embodiment, and Social Identity 13
2. "A Genuine Zeal": The Anatomical Era in American Medicine 44
3. "Anatomy Is the Charm": Dissection and Medical Identity in Nineteenth-Century America 74
4. "A Traffic of Dead Bodies": The Contested Bioethics of Anatomy in Antebellum America 98
5. "Indebted to the Dissecting Knife": Alternative Medicine and Anatomical Consensus in Antebellum America 136
6. "The House I Live In": Popular Anatomy and Embodied Social Identity in Antebellum America 168
7. "The Foul Altar of a Dissecting Table": Anatomy, Sex, and Sensationalist Fiction at Mid-Century 212
8. The Education of Sammy Tubbs: Anatomical Dissection, Minstrelsy, and the Technology of Self-Making in Postbellum America 238
9. "Anatomy Out of Gear": Popular Anatomy at the Margins in Late Nineteenth-Century America 274
Conclusion 313
Notes 329
Bibliography 385
Index 423


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Dead Social aspects United States History 19th century, Human anatomy United States History 19th century, Human dissection United States History 19th century, Body, Human Social aspects United States History 19th century