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Letters Skeleton of “the Irish giant”

Byrne’s body should disappear beneath the waves

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 24 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e550
  1. Wendy Moore, author and journalist1
  1. 1London SE9 1AQ, UK
  1. wendymoore{at}

John Hunter was a brilliant thinker who pushed forward the boundaries of medicine in all fields. By his own admission, he dissected “some thousands” of bodies, most of them stolen. Yet he did more than any other medical professional of his time to promote the idea of voluntary postmortems and donated bodies …

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