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How a horror story haunts science

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Science  12 Jan 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6372, pp. 148-150
DOI: 10.1126/science.359.6372.148

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  • ILLUSTRATION: CRAIG & KARL
  • In 1780, Italian scientist Luigi Galvani showed that a spark could make the muscles of a dead frog contract—inspiration for Frankenstein's author, Mary Shelley.

    PHOTO: DEAGOSTINI PICTURE LIBRARY/GETTY IMAGES
  • Reanimation was in fashion in 1818. Scottish doctor Andrew Ure attempted the feat on a corpse.

    PHOTO: NYPL/SCIENCE SOURCE