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The lingering fear of burkers amongst Travellers and horror...

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Title - The lingering fear of burkers amongst Travellers and horror...
Contributors - Betsy Whyte
Reporters - Rosalind MacAskill; Dr Linda Williamson; Alison McMorland

Summary - The lingering fear of burkers amongst Travellers and horror of doctors.

Even when Betsy Whyte was a child, Travellers were afraid to call in doctors because of the history of burking. They were also repelled by the doctors' inhumanity in accepting murdered bodies for dissection. Fear of burkers was the reason why Travellers went around in bands. Women on their own would disguise their voices to sound like men. Betsy believes that burking still goes on, and she and Bryce point out how much research on fresh bodies must lie behind heart transplants.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:01:58
Date Recorded - 1975.04
Language - Scots
Genre - Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 77229
Original Tape ID - SA1975.150
Original Track ID - SA1975.150
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R


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