Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires: The History of Corpse Medicine from the Renaissance to the Victorians
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Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires: The History of Corpse Medicine from the Renaissance to the Victorians

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Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires charts in vivid detail the largely forgotten history of European corpse medicine, when kings, ladies, gentlemen, priests and scientists prescribed, swallowed or wore human blood, flesh, bone, fat, brains and skin against epilepsy, bruising, wounds, sores, plague, cancer, gout and depression.

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 27th 2011 by Routledge
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Annette
Somewhat interesting, but I was put off by such statements as "just who were the real cannibals? Was it those without books, without guns, given to wearing fewer clothes and worshipping lesser-known God's? Or was it those who, in their determination to swallow flesh and blood and bone, threw cannibal trade networks across hundreds of miles of land and ocean[...]? The reader must, of course, make their own decision..." (p 2)

No, I'm pretty sure he makes, or attempts to make, that decision for me....more
Heidi
Disturbing, gross, and it's all true..what isn't there to like? Reads like a research paper so be prepared for footnotes, citation references, etc..but if you like medical history or even history, especially the more disturbing aspects of drinking blood,eating people,mummies, and superstitions (like drinking blood will enable you to walk through fire) then it's worth muddling through the research writing style.
Nezka
Very detailed and complex dissection of the history, use, philosophy, and general decline of corpse medicine in the Western World. Specifically, the most focus is on the use of human fluids and body parts, but the history and use of other animals is also discussed. Highly informative and engaging, and thought provoking. Definitely recommend, but as you can imagine, not a light read.
Anne
Corpse medicine, cannibals and close readings? Count me in!
Lauren orso
what a slog this was to get through. as usual, i find it interesting how big a part the catholic church had to play in encouraging medical cannibalism and other totally vampiric cures, but overall, it took me a very long time to get through this even with a lot of skimming.
Celeste
was very eye opening but a lot of it was repetitive
Noran Miss Pumkin
Too strange to pass it up!
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