Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires

Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires

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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. One thing we are rarely taught at school is this: James I refused corpse medicine; Charles II made his own corpse medicine; and Charles I was made into corpse medicine. Ranging from the execution scaffolds of Germany and Scandinavia, through the courts and laboratories of Italy, France and Britain, to the battlefields of Holland and Ireland, and on to the tribal man-eating of the Americas, Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires argues that the real cannibals were in fact the Europeans. Medicinal cannibalism utilised the formidable weight of European science, publishing, trade networks and educated theory. For many, it was also an emphatically Christian phenomenon. And, whilst corpse medicine has sometimes been presented as a medieval therapy, it was at its height during the social and scientific revolutions of early-modern Britain. It survived well into the eighteenth century, and amongst the poor it lingered stubbornly on into the time of Queen Victoria. This innovative book brings to life a little known and often disturbing part of human history.Leonga#39;s inference, that Freke used eight pints of her a#39; aqua mirabolusa#39; between 1710 and 1712, further suggests that such ... in his preface to Letitia Popham is by no means as clear as Considine claims (see A Choice Manual (1653), A2ra€“ A3r). ... Cf. Furdell, who describes Kenta#39;s book as a#39; sought aftera#39;, ... For more on various errhines and their mode of operation, see Charas, Royal Pharmacopeia, 60a€“61.

Title:Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires
Author:Richard Sugg
Publisher:Taylor & Francis - 2012-04-27


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