A talk on the lucrative business of selling cadavers in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Presented by Joshua Alan Doetsch

In the 18th and 19th centuries, anatomists needed human bodies to dissect and study. Legally acquired cadavers were not meeting the demand. Oh what a time to be alive with a shovel and an entrepreneurial soul! This talk focuses on the illegal trade of the restrictionist at the height of their ghoulish enterprise.

Joshua Alan Doetsch is a machine, built in a secret lab, designed to inefficiently convert coffee into weird words. As a freelancer he writes fiction, video games, and tabletop RPGs. He served as Lead Writer for such MMOs as Age of Conan and The Secret World. He’s contributed writing to such tabletop game settings as Vampire: the Masquerade, Vampire: the Requiem, and The World of Darkness. He rather enjoys macabre curios and oddities.


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