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Should the Irish Giant be allowed to rest in peace?

That’s the question swirling around the bones of Charles Byrne, a literal giant from Ireland who was an 18thcentury celebrity.

His enormous skeleton is on public display today at a London museum, part of a collection of anatomical specimens acquired by the eminent surgeon and scientist Dr. John Hunter, who died in 1793. The bizarre story of how Byrne’s skeleton got there dismays medical ethicists.

Although the Royal College of Surgeons’ Hunterian Museum has resisted calls to give Byrne’s remains a dignified burial, some are urging the museum to reconsider the matter this spring, as it shuts down for renovations.

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