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Letters Skeleton of “the Irish giant”

Authors’ reply to Moore and Smith and colleagues

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 24 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e557
  1. Len Doyal, emeritus professor of medical ethics1,
  2. Thomas Muinzer, lawyer2
  1. 1Queen Mary, University of London, UK
  2. 2School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK
  1. l.doyal{at}

We are glad that Moore, Hunter’s contemporary biographer, agrees with our argument.1 2

Smith and colleagues accept that Byrne wanted to be buried intact. Hunter knew his wishes yet boiled him down to create a skeleton.3 Many people at the time were morally outraged (and still are) by body snatching. The authors claim that modern medical ethics exist to …

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