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Megan Rosenbloom

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Megan Curran Rosenbloom is a medical librarian at the Norris Medical Library of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Megan has a keen interest in the history of medicine and rare books. She is President of the Southern California Society for the History of Medicine and co-founder and director of Death Salon, the event arm of The Order of the Good Death, and a leader in the Death Positive movement. She is on a research team called The Anthropodermic Book Project to find the historic and scientific truths behind the world’s alleged books bound in human skin, or anthropodermic bibliopegy, and has a non-fiction book about the history and ethical implications of this practice, titled Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation in ...more

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“When thinking about anthropodermic books, we can't simply fault the doctors of the past for engaging in behavior that was tacitly or explicitly sanctioned by the laws and mores of their time and place in history; nor can we expect them to retroactively adhere to the deeply important beliefs we now have about informed consent. What we can do, and have a moral obligation to do, is examine the institutions in which these injustices were able to proceed, learn from their mistakes, and critically view the pernicious ways these mindsets might persist in our current society and fight to eradicate them.”
Megan Rosenbloom, Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation Into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin

“No wonder the public persists in connecting the idea of human skin books with Nazis. It's easier to believe that objects of human skin are made by monsters like Nazis and serial killers, and not the well respected doctors the likes of whom parents want their children to become someday.”
Megan Rosenbloom, Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation Into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin

“Anthropodermic bibliopegy had been a specter on the shelves of libraries, museums, and private collections for over a century. Human skin books -mostly made by 19th century doctor bibliophiles - are the only books that are controversial not for the ideas they contain, but for the physical makeup of the object. They repel and fascinate, and their very ordinary appearances mask the horror inherent in their creation.”
Megan Rosenbloom, Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation Into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin

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Orsolya Thanks for the add, Megan! :)


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