Diary of a Resurrectionist Saturday 21st December 1811

Saturday 21st.
Went to St. Thomas’s sent 1 to Mr. Taunton, 2 to Edinburgh, St. Thomas’s took 6 of the above this week, came home and stopt at home all night.

Distribution night.

Taunton is John Taunton (1769–1821). Taunton was actually from a farming family, but was inclined to study anatomy and came to London and asked for a recommended teacher. He was originally recommended Andrew Marshall, who had a school at Thaives End, but settled on studying with Henry Cline at St Thomas’s.

In 1811, he was a demonstrator of anatomy at Guy’s, the principal lecturer at the London Anatomical Society, and the founder of the charitable City of London Truss Society, which provided trusses for poor people who suffered from hernia and other prolapse. He had an extensive private practice and was also attached to the Finsbury dispensary and visited many sick poor in their homes.

2 to Edinburgh would have been sent by coach, and the Saturday deliveries are a feature throughout the diary.


About theresurrectionists

My name is Kirsty Chilton. I am a Medical Historian working in London and relentlessly searching for the body snatchers of 18th and 19th century London. Currently, the content of this blog is a personal project to repost and comment on the diary of 19th century Resurrectionist Joseph Naples 200 years from the time it was written.
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