Anatomy of a Scandal

Anatomy of a Scandal is an award winning 2011 investigation into medical research and vaccine trials which were carried out on children and babies in many Mother & Baby homes and other Irish institutions right up until 1973.

During the making of this film a truly shocking discovery was made, the bodies of four hundred and sixty ‘illegimate’ infants had been sent to anatomy laboratories between 1940 and 1965. The practise may have been a macabre echo of the workhouse practise of sending unclaimed cadavers to Medical Schools, where they were in short supply, highly valued.   The difference of course was that these bodies had, for the most part, living mothers.

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