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
Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires: the History of Corpse Medicine from the Renaissance to the Victorians
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Author Richard Sugg undertakes in this volume to demonstrate that for the last couple of thousand years, including modern times down to about the 18th century, various parts of the human body have been used for medicinal purposes. The good news is that he succeeds. The bad news is that his telling threatens his readers with their own intellectual mummification.

As I wrote in my review of Emily Cockayne's `Hubbub: Filth, Noise and Stench in England, 1600-1770,' there is something singularly off-putting about commercially published works that started life as postgraduate dissertations. What puts one off is the apparently irresistible urge of an author to include every scintilla of data collected during the research process and then flog it to an inch of its useful informative life.

Although Sugg does not acknowledge any such genesis, the hallmarks are, in my opinion, unmistakable. The entire book reads like a footnote. Dense, repetitive, and intrusively speculative, the narrative time and again evidences the author's refusal to let the story tell itself. And just so there's no doubt about the research required to produce it, there follows seventy (70) pages of endnotes. Good gracious.

In short, the inherent story holds great promise which the author manages to squelch. Let me give you some alternatives. If you would like to read about the history of British medicine, and medicine in general for that matter, try the several masterful survey treatments by the late, and much lamented, Dr. Roy Porter. If you're intrigued (and who isn't?) by the appallingly filthy living conditions of our forebears (a section of the book Sugg actually manages with some dexterity), give a look to Katherine Ashenburg's wonderful `The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History.'

As for `Mummies,' two stars for the research, none for the, uh, dissertation.

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I do not write this lightly - "Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires: the History of Corpse Medicine from the Renaissance to the Victorians" is one of the most eye-opening and phenomenal books I have ever read. It is incredibly well researched, well written and states the case of medicinal cannibalism throughout the ages with great detail and reference. There is no other book like it and I feel so fortunate to have it upon my shelf.

Some may find the writing style dry, as the subject matter must be backed up with lengthy references, but it is worth reading through to get to the evidence - which is a revelation for anyone who is a lover of history. It would be a fantastic book to accompany a college class of the same subject.

Drinking human blood, snorting powdered human skull, suspending a thieves' finger in a barrel of ale, birthing straps made from tanned human skin, pressing the spiced human loam of mummies into open wounds - yes, it happened and Richard Sugg has exhaustively referenced these shocking yet common cures of the past.

But why? Why would someone think that drinking the blood of a freshly beheaded person would cure them of epilepsy? Richard Sugg answers that too, explaining the past's cultural belief of the spirit and body in such a way that I completely understood it. With the church forbidding any delve into the science of the body, it was only natural that even the most educated people of the day would believe all kinds of far-fetched things about our anatomy and in turn, how to treat disease and sickness.

Surely, this is a book not to be missed for anyone who is a lover of history.

Highlights for me include:

The origin of the word "mummy".

Beautiful passages from plays that haven't been seen by audiences in 400 years.

Pope Innocent VIII - 16 illegitimate children *and* the bloody scene on your deathbed? Wow - go big or go home, I guess.

Beheadings and the crowd gathered to fill vessels with warm spirit-brimming blood. So many things - I didn't know epilepsy was such a problem, I'm fascinated by the spirits people thought roamed the body and I had no idea that Germanic bloodlust went back so many hundreds of years. Well - I guess not just the Germans - how about *everyone's* blood lust?

The entire chapter "Dirty History, Filthy Medicine" is astounding. It has also ruined any and all cinematic period pieces that I will ever watch, as I would constantly be pointing out the actor's white teeth, clean clothes, kempt hair and tidy homes. The daily living conditions documented in this book coaxed an audible reaction from me several times, but I couldn't put it down because I was so fascinated. Descriptions of the bones, feces, rubbish and dirt that scattered even the most stately manor floors completely changed my perception of the way people lived in the past.

King James I - you *filthy* bastard.

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