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Peer Review: A698033 - Burke and Hare, the Bodysnatchers

Post 1

Researcher 168963

Entry: Burke and Hare, the Bodysnatchers - A698033
Author: Dastardly, a closet gargoyle (Boo, hiss) - U168963

It's morbid, and I didn't realise quite how many footnotes I'd written in. Nevertheless, I think the whole episode is an important piece of history and needed covering.


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Post 2

FABT - new venture A815654 Angel spoiler page

nice one!

a couple of niggles, the first paragraph took me four attempts to get through trying to work out who was married to whom. perhaps splitting it in tow would help

references to 'this period in history' really should mention an actual time period. even if it's as vague as the 18th century.


also, just to be a pain, i'd like to see a brief explanation of why the disection of the human body was banned,(religious befliefs dating back hundreds of years) the contemporary state of knowledge of anatomy (appauling) and also a quick mention of what the docotrs were hoping to learn from corpses, wht sort of equipment and medicine they had available at the time. for example, how far along were anaesthetics.....leading to syrgery. this has implcations for what they were actually studying in the body.

also theres a footnote about all the working calsses being total alcoholics which you will proabbly have to reword because i doubt it will get past the editor like that.

good work, ignore me if you like smiley - biggrin

FABT


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Post 3

Zarquon's Singing Fish!

Hi Dastardly!

Nice entry!

I think you might want to find the link here - '[find link to medschool]'.

Also I seem to remember the crowd baying 'Burke 'em' to the other two and that 'Burke' became another word for murdering (or it may have specifically have been murder by strangulation or smothering).

smiley - fishsmiley - musicalnote


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Post 4

Researcher 168963

OK- I'll redo the first paragraph.

I'll also add a better summary of dissection laws and the reasons behind them, but that'll take time.

Drinking was fashionable, and also the water wasn't very good. But the footnote does seem bigoted- I'll remove it pronto.

I didn't even realise I'd left out the dates- although at the start I seem to have put 1927, instead of 1827 smiley - blush.

#Also I seem to remember the crowd baying 'Burke 'em' to the other two #

smiley - yikes I had no idea you were so old....

To 'Burke' is to suffocate. It's mostly fallen out of use though. Should I put it in the article anyway?


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Post 5

FABT - new venture A815654 Angel spoiler page

yeah, why not. just mention it's antiquated and fallen mostly out of use.

FABT


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Post 6

Felonious Monk - h2g2s very own Bogeyman

Fine article. There is an excellent (underrated) film about Burke and Hare called 'The Flesh and the Fiends': http://us.imdb.com/Title?0052811. Well worth a late Friday evening spent eating fava beans with a nice Chianti. smiley - smiley


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Post 7

DoctorGonzo

I liked this. Easy to read, and enough background info to make sense smiley - ok.

By the way, anyone visiting the pub named after these two in Edinburgh, should make sure they know what they're letting themselves in for smiley - bigeyes


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Post 8

Azara

Hi, Dastardly!

This is a really good entry. I think it would be a good idea to put in one or two dates in the Capture section: when did the last murder take place? When were they arrested and tried? etc.

A couple of points about the layout:

I notice you only type a space on one side of a dash. I'm inclined to use a lot of dashes in punctuation myself, but, as far as I know, they should have a space on each side.

I think that a few of your footnotes could be included back into the main text.

If you're still looking for a link,
http://www.med.ed.ac.uk/history/archnote2.htm is a page about the anatomy museum at the Universtiy of Edinburgh.

Anyway, it's an excellent entry. Well done!

Azara
smiley - rose


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Post 9

Giford

Hi Dastardly,

Good article. Definitely worthy of inclusion.

Azara is right about dashes. Also, 'Her disappearance was very sudden, with the explanation for her disappearance very faltering' repeats 'disappearance' - can you re-word to avoid this?

Bung the link in and it should be pretty much ready for inclusion.

What happens in the Buke and Hare in Edinburgh then? (I think I walked past it once.)

Gif smiley - geek


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Post 10

Researcher 168963

Thanks for the link smiley - smiley I've added a few more dates now and sorted out the repetition of disappearance.

I was going to try and avoid mentioning any films if at all possible.

Try trying 'Burke and Hare' and 'pub' into a search engine smiley - bigeyes






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Post 11

Witty Ditty

Well, that's one way of studying anatomy smiley - winkeye


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Post 12

Azara

smiley - ok, Dastardly!

The changes are very neatly done - good work!
I'd be very happy to see this go into the Edited Guide now...


Azara
smiley - rose


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Post 13

Giford

Ah, I see ... (frantically restraining a pun on body-snatching).

But otherwise, I agree, this article is ready for Editing.

Gif smiley - geek


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Post 14

Ormondroyd

smiley - yikes Good grief, what a cast of characters there is in Peer Review at the moment! I've only just got over reading the Entry on Jack the Ripper! smiley - winkeye

Great Entry. It looks ready for the Edited Guide to me! smiley - ok


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Post 15

FABT - new venture A815654 Angel spoiler page

we need a links page for all the nasty victorian murderers who have entries on h2g2

fABT


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Post 16

Researcher 168963

What a disturbing idea smiley - yikes


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Post 17

Silverfish

I've recommended this entry for inclusion into the edited guide, and its being accepted, so is on its way to becoming edited. I thought this entry was well written, and particularly interesting. Well Done Dastardly!smiley - ok


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Post 18

Azara

smiley - bubbly for Dastardly!

Azara
smiley - rose


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Post 19

Giford

Chianti and fava beans all round.

Gif smiley - geek


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Post 20

Researcher 168963

smiley - bubbly
Thankyou Silverfish.


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