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The Afterlives of Specimens: Science, Mourning, and Whitman's Civil War

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The Afterlives of Specimens explores the space between science and sentiment, the historical moment when the human cadaver became both lost love object and subject of anatomical violence. Walt Whitman witnessed rapid changes in relations between the living and the dead. In the space of a few decades, dissection evolved from a posthumous punishment inflicted on criminals to ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published November 15th 2017 by University Of Iowa Press
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First things first, I totally did not notice the subtitle of this book when I requested it. I admit, it was cover and main title love at first sight and I went for it. If I'd read more, it's likely that I would have passed on it and missed out on a very interesting book.

During the Civil War, the Surgeon General sent out doctors to not only help the wounded soldiers but to collect specimens for the Army Medical Museum. Odd wounds, legs amputated and still filled with shrapnel, you name it, the fe
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Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher –

The Afterlives of Specimens explores the space between science and sentiment, the historical moment when the human cadaver became both lost love object and subject of anatomical violence. Walt Whitman witnessed rapid changes in relations between the living and the dead. In the space of a few decades, dissection evolved from a posthumous punishment inflicted on criminals to
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Margaret Sankey
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a young man, Whitman partook of the general gothic horror of body snatching and public dissection as a ghoulish provocation, but as he matured, he collected plant specimens (to which he attached erotic meaning in their exchange with other people), and then served as a nurse in the Civil War. Tuggle digs into Whitman's war letters and anecdotes, finding that this was a transformative experience, forcing him to minister to the essence of people, rather than their physical bodies, which were oft ...more
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The Afterlives of Specimens gives a view on the evolution of the balance between science and sentiment, Lindsay provides a historical look about the meaning and the change of perception through the decades concerning human body dissection and posthumous disposal and more other procedure related to dead bodies. The book is well documented and illustrated with interesting diagrams and historical pictures.
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