Corpse Medicine: The Treatment That Was All The Rage In The 19th Century

Corpses. For most people, they're synonymous with illness, decrepitude, and either baroquely romanticized or grimly un-romanticized ruin. But for the cultural elite of the 16th and 17th centuries, corpse medicine – and Victorian mummy parties – were all the rage. Is eating humans healthy? According to England's King Charles II (who drank a special kind of booze fermented in human skulls), the answer was certainly yes.