Something funny in your tummy? Don’t worry, Doctor Knox would LOVE to pull out all your bits…
Medical science always needs a volunteer, so it’s a good job you just stepped into Dr Knox’s Anatomy Theatre! You are a 19th-century medical student here to witness the autopsy of one of Burke & Hare’s victims – Edinburgh’s most notorious serial killers! Be careful handling that bladder, it might not be empty!
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- How did Burke and Hare kill their victims without leaving a mark?
- What are Dr Knox’s leeches used for?
- Just how expensive is a fresh corpse?
This room sits in the heart of the Edinburgh Dungeon and is a Scottish take on the popular Dungeon Show – Plague… but much better of course!
The skeleton of William Burke – who along with his partner William Hare supplied murdered bodies to Edinburgh’s anatomy school for medical research in the 19th century – is now on display in Edinburgh’s Anatomical Museum!