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Letters Skeleton of “the Irish giant”

Don’t forget those who were murdered to order

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 24 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e552
  1. Don Shelton, retired chief financial officer1
  1. 1Auckland, New Zealand
  1. donshelton{at}

The Charles Byrne debate has wider implications.1 Two recent papers demonstrated that subjects depicted in the 18th century anatomical atlases of William Smellie and William Hunter were procured by order to murder pregnant women.2 3 The Hunter Collection probably includes …

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