Saturday, 23 June 2018

Towering Expectations


I must admit to having some sympathies (I am taller than average) with Charles Byrne who was dubbed 'The Irish Giant', as his medical condition resulted in his being more than 2.30 m tall (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/22/irish-giant-may-finally-get-respectful-burial-after-200-years-on-display). His skeleton has been on display at the Hunterian museum in London for more than 200 years, in spite of his expressed wish to be buried at sea (bribery of the undertaker may have been involved). An individual may make money out of a condition whilst alive but that shouldn't mean his remains can be displayed, against his wishes, after death. I am not certain the museum would lose much if the skeleton is buried at sea?

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