SYMHC Classics: The Doctors' Riot of 1788


A wood engraving of rioters trying to break their way into a doctor's dissection area, circa 1788. Public domain

We're revising a 2014 episode today. In the late 1700s, medical colleges needed cadavers for educational dissection, but there were no legal means for obtaining them. This led to some unorthodox dealings in the acquiring of bodies, and brought New York to a fever pitch in 1788.

The original episode is here: https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/the-doctors-riot-of-1788.htm

And the show notes from 2014 are here: https://www.missedinhistory.com/blogs/missed-in-history-the-doctors-riot-of-1788.htm

Topics in this Podcast: SYMHC Classics