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the situation and the relations of the part oil which he operated The alternative between life , health , or instant death , constantly rests on the exactness of that knowledge . What else can guide his hand with steadiness ; safety , skill , success ? If he be prevented from obtaining this knowledge by practising on the bodies of the dead , there is but one other mode in which
it can be acquired , and that mode will be pursued , namely , by practising on the bodies of the living ; on the living bodies of the poor . The rich can always command the services of those who have signalized themselves by success ; success gained , if not by the dissection of the dead , by suffering and death inflicted upon the poor . Such is the certain , such must be the
inevitable result of obstructing the study of anatomy . The clear and strong mind of Bentham saw all this distinctly , and his benevolent heart felt it profoundly ; the consequence was , that he made such a disposal of his own body as he thought the interests of humanity required should be made of a great number of bodies . After all the lessons which science and
humauity might learn from the dissection of his body had been taught , Bentham further directed , that the skeleton should ; be put together and kept entire ; that the head and face should be preserved ; and that the whole figure , arranged as naturally as possible , should be attired in the clothes he ordinarily wore ,
seated in his own chair , and maintaining the aspect and attir tude most familiar to him . In this there mingled nothing-of vain glory nor * affectation of singularity / He believed that , to the friends whom he left behind , it would be a source of plea * - sure thus to retain him still among them ; and that future generations would joy to see the real appearance of the man to whom he could not but know that they were so largely indebted . A calm and pervading sense of the services he had rendered to mankind , the amount of which it was the labour of every hour of his life to increase , was at once the stimulus to exertion , and partly also the reward of it . This exalted con ^ sciousness , which belongs only to the highest order of human
minds , whose powerful energies are successfully directed to the advancement of the highest interests of human beings , is thus simply and finely expressed in relation to one of his most finished works , the ' Rationale of Judicial Evidence . ' " The species of readers for whose use it was really designed , an < i whose thanks will not be wanting to the author ' s ashes , is the legislator ; the species of legislator who as yet remains to be formed , the legislator who neither is under the dominion of an interest hostile to that of the
public , nor is in league with those who are . "—Vol . i , p . 23 . There are relations , and associations arising out of them , which might render the sight of the cold , rig id , unmovirig , passionless semblance of the being : who had been the subject of
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1837, page 17, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1827/page/19/