The Real Electric Frankenstein Experiments of the 1800s

In this 1867 illustration, a crowd of scientists watch in horror as Andrew Ure makes the lifeless body of Matthew Clydesdale tremble and twitch with electricity.

In this 1867 illustration, a crowd of scientists watch in horror as Andrew Ure makes the lifeless body of Matthew Clydesdale tremble and twitch with electricity. HOUGHTON LIBRARY, HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Why scientists during the late 18th and 19th centuries conducted crude experiments with reanimating corpses.

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