Here we have a picture of Gen. Sykes, a Union officer in the Civil War, who used to visit his leg in a surgery museum. Sykes’s leg was preserved for science after it was blown off at Gettysburg.

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Gen. Daniel Sykes, whose leg was donated to science after it was blown off at Gettysburg.

We weren’t able to launch a History of Science class, but this article is a great overview of the bioethical issues that science has faced/ignored since the 19th century in terms of taking and preserving body parts.

https://aeon.co/essays/dead-or-alive-medicine-wants-your-parts?utm_source=Aeon+Newsletter&utm_campaign=244835a08c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_11_16&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_411a82e59d-244835a08c-68694909

 

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