Thomas Ramey Watson

Powdered Mummy, Gladiator Blood, and other Historical Medicines Made from Human Corpses

An Adam’s apple a day keeps the doctor away? History is full of bizarre medical remedies, but few are as gruesome as the field of corpse medicine. Many doctors, from ancient times to modern, prescribed concoctions made of human organs, salves of human fat, and the ground-up remains of embalmed corpses to treat a host of ailments and promote good health. Put aside your lunch and read all about the various cannibalistic cures sent down the throats or slathered over the skin of the sick and dying.


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