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Talk: “Send My Body to the Medical College”: Alternative Afterlives in Turn of the Century America

McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB Santa Barbara, CA

In 1876 American and English newspapers reported the extraordinary will made by an American woman living in London. Inspired by Bentham’s 1832 bequest of his body, Susan Fletcher Smith approached the Royal College of Surgeons with the proposal that, upon her death, her body be “completely dissected in the most thorough manner known to science.” Moreover, she stipulated that preference be given to persons of the female sex who wished to inspect the body in ...