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What Caused a Riot in Eighteenth-Century NYC Having to Do With the Robbing of Graves and the Use of Cadavers in Medical Schools?

The Doctor's Riot of 1788 began when a curious boy observed a dissecction and then discovered his very recently-deceased mother's body was missing. Rioters destroyed laboratories in the New-York Hospital, chased the doctors into City Jail, and ransacked their homes in search of cadavers they believed had been stolen for dissection. Five of the mob were killed by the militia. 

Creative: Tronvig Group