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Explore anatomy's dark origins by examining Scotland's "body snatchers" 

Prior to the Anatomy Act of 1832 there was no legal way for anatomists to get bodies for dissection except from the gallows - the bodies of executed criminals. "Body Snatching" (unburying recently interred corpses) became a very common practice; the body snatchers, also known as "Resurrectionists," sold the bodies to anatomy schools. Two famous entrepreneur criminals, Burke and Hare, secured bodies by murdering their house guests and then sold them to Dr. Knox, a popular anatomy lecturer at an Edinburgh anatomy school. After the Anatomy Act became law. it became legal for anatomists to dissect anyone who had died destitute. These were scary times if you were in the work house!

The course focuses on anatomical collections and the history of medical education in Scotland. This excursion will include several cemetery tours, including two world-famous cemeteries known for their beautiful architecture and sculptures. Each will show various efforts designers took to frustrate and deter the body snatchers. Some evenings will include ghost walks and vault tours!

This program is open to Kent State and non-Kent State students, as well as community stakeholders. Non-KSU students/community stakeholders will be required to apply to the university as a guest student and enroll in a 1-credit hour course, in addition to the program fee associated with this course. 

The ABC's of Scotland: Anatomy, Body-Snatching, and cemeteries

1 Credit hour

Program dates: March 21 - 29, 2019
Professor: Dr. Linda Spurlock

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1Program fee includes: Airfare, Accommodation, In-Country Transportation, Museum Entrance and Activity Fees, and some meals
2 This total does not include tuition. For students enrolled in the Spring semester, the credit hour will be included your total spring credit hours (additional tuition charges may apply, depending on the credit hour cap). For guest students, 1-credit hour will be assess and information regarding this cost can be found on the Tuition Rates Page.
*Estimated Personal Cost (Not Included): Passport ($135), Meals (~$100), and spending money (~$250)
**Final program fee subject to change; Updated June 25, 2018.


Application deadline: December 1, 2018
Acceptance: December 15, 2018

Non-Refundable Deposit: December 22, 2018 | $250.00
First payment due**: January 19, 2019 | $1,375.12
Second payment due: February 16, 2019 | $1,387.38

*Payments are to be made online through the program website. You may start your payments immediately upon acceptance on this program. There are no exceptions for late payments and failure to make a payment by the deadline will result in forfeiting your seat on the program.

**Student refunds from Financial Aid begin approximately 10 days prior to the start of the semester.

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Updated: January 15, 2019

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Dr. Linda Spurlock |
Professor, Department of Anthropology

Alyssa Mazey, M.Ed. l
Assistant Director of International Programs and Education Abroad