Introduction of Animal Vaccination into America by Dr. Martin

1885 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
recognized rights touching the dead, there is no such property in a corpse as is claimed in this case. It says : " While the remains of the dead should be tenderly protected, their interment carefully guarded, the mutilation of their bodies and the disturbance of their sepulchre severely punished, and while all laws necessary to that end should be passed and strictly enforced, yet, even for this purpose, to make such remains the absolute property of any one in the sense of objective
more » ... jective appropriation would be abhorrent to every impulse and feeling of our nature." But this view, the Court proceeded to explain, does not apply to the clothes in which the body was clad, and the watch on it. These were articles of personal property to which the administrator had a legal claim, and as they were destroyed he was entitled to maintain an action for their value. --^-Correspondence.
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