Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “Disinterment,” Alexander’s Weekly Messenger, vol. 4, no. 14, April 1, 1840, p. 2, col. 2


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Disinterment.

We see it stated in some of the papers that thirty-two physicians of St. Clairsville, Louisiana, and its vicinity, have threatened to refuse medical attendance to any one who shall support the bill before the Legislature of that State, making disinterment of the dead for dissection a State Prison offence. This is undoubtedly a bold stand, but one which may well be justified. Human dissection is the surest and truest basis, indeed the only sure basis, of all medical knowledge — A blow legally struck at it, is a vital blow to the best and most important interests of the human family. The prejudice which wars with dissection proceeds from the finest feelings, and is worthy of all respect — but there should be no legal fostering or protection of any mere prejudice whatever.

 


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Notes:

This item was first attributed to Poe by Clarence S. Brigham in Edgar Allan Poe’s Contributions to Alexander’s Weekly Messenger, 1943, pp. 64-65.

 

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