Science on Tap: Lisa Rosner, “The Burke and Hare Murders: Sixteen Good Reasons Not To Drink Whisky With Strangers”

Science on Tap

Lisa Rosner discussed her new book, The Anatomy Murders: Being the True and Spectacular History of Edinburgh’s Notorious Burke and Hare and of the Man of Science Who Abetted Them in the Commission of Their Most Heinous Crimes (University of Pennsylvania Press).

Rosner is professor of history at Stockton College in New Jersey. She received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1979 and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1985. She is the author of The Most Beautiful Man in Existenceand other works about the seamy side of the history of medicine. 

Rosner was the recipient of CHF's Theodore and Mary Herdegen Fellowship in the History of Scientific Information and the Glenn E. and Barbara Hodsdon Ullyot Scholarship. She presented the Brown Bag Lecture, "Chemical Dissertations in the Digital World: 18th- Century Chemical Knowledge and the History Browser" in September 2009. She has received additional fellowships from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Additional information on the Burke and Hare murders can be found at Rosner's Web site, The Worlds of Burke and Hare.

Presented by the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.


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