Janis Ann Parks
Janis Ann Parks,RN, worked in various clinical environments from intensive care to drug and alcohol recovery and she maintains a keen concern for medical ethics and patient outcomes. She's been a long time resident of Augusta, Georgia, a city well known for its annual Master's Golf Tournament, but also home to the Medical College of Georgia, an institution dedicated to educating physicians since 1828. Her heightened interest in medical history began when she read an account of the grave-robbing slave, Grandison Harris, whose job it was to provide cadavers for anatomy classes. Special collections in the Greenblatt Library at the Medical College provided the opportunity to research information about medical practice in the Antebellum South.
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Gravely Mistaken - Tales of Medicine, Mishaps and Body Snatching in Augusta, Georgia
by Janis Ann Parks
Grave robbing to procure cadavers for anatomy classes at the Medical College of Georgia will be Grandison Harris' primary duty when he's purchased at the Charleston slave market in 1852. Two curious medical students play a prank on the grave digger that goes terribly wrong. While a case of mistaken identity unfolds, scenes of medical practice and education in the Antebellum South are portrayed.
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