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

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

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Addeddate 2022-07-09 17:05:26 Identifier mummies-cannibals-and-vampires-the-history-of-corpse-medicine-from-the-renaissan Identifier-ark ark:/13960/s2z2nht0v7f Ocr tesseract 5. More Hamburger icon An icon used to represent a menu that can be toggled by interacting with this icon. My recent children’s book, Our Week with the Juffle Hunters, is an eco-fable set between the Welsh coast and the North Pole. Dr Sugg (his Twitter handle) has amassed a large amount of information on a completely fascinating group of practices, all more or less connected with what may be termed corpse medicine: the devising of medical remedies from (usually) human bodies.

Most of the bodies in question are dead, a fair number are not, and some are intriguingly ‘not very dead’.My next book will be a groundbreaking study of ghosts and poltergeists, perhaps the strangest open secret of our times. Lastly, there is a dearth of photos and illustrations, an oversight that seems especially egregious when you think about all the intricate engravings and woodcarvings the strangely alchemical subject has no doubt inspired through the ages. Richard Sugg’s book Mummies, Cannibals, and Vampires is valuable to both survey student and specialist alike. Tuck into the second and revised edition of Richard Sugg’s book, Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires, which shows the different ways in which the human body was prescribed and eaten as medicine by people throughout Europe, right up until the reign of Queen Victoria. 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[.

Still, you’re bound to learn something from the book—learn a lot in fact, perhaps more than you wished to know on the subject.

Richard Sugg has written a thorough and engaging examination of pre-modern corpse medicine, paying special attention to literary and cultural history. Lighting these pages is the uncanny glow of a lamp powered by human blood, or torches made from human hands. The icing on this jumble cake is the insertion in many of the chapters of little pieces of creative writing, in which Sugg (in the present tense; that most aggravating of docu-drama styles) relates historical fictions of his own devising. The Ghostly Vicar - Many people are sceptical about the existence of ghosts, but one of the unusual features of ghost stories through the ages is the range of people who report seeing spectres, including those we might normally expect not to believe in them.

For instance, p 182-3, on the subject of providing human soup for invalids, cites the Chinese example of Ko-ku and ko-kan, in which self-mutilation, leading in the extreme version to the self-excision of the liver, was considered a reasonable form of filial piety to provide an appropriate soup for a sick parent. Though it is the work of a well-known literary scholar, Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires invokes imaginative writing only to augment the evidence it draws from medical and scientific texts.The book’s breadth, from Renaissance to Victorian society, is impressive but it is the work’s macabre details which rivets readers to recorded medical uses of the human body.



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