[PW] tasting embalming fluid a common practice?

Kevin O'Kelly rkokelly at gmail.com
Sat May 7 11:16:00 PDT 2016


While embalming itself may not have been common, I find it a little
surprising than when corpses were embalmed, people couldn't seem to resist
a taste test.

On Fri, May 6, 2016 at 4:50 AM, Graeme Rymill <graeme.rymill at uwa.edu.au>
wrote:

> Embalming was not  a common practice in England in the 16th and 17th
> centuries according to Julian Litten's 1991 book The English Way of Death:
> the Common Funeral Since 1450. However many people both in England and
> elsewhere believed it to be beneficial to their health to eat or drink
> material extracted from human corpses. See for example this article
> http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-gruesome-history-of-eating-corpses-as-medicine-82360284/?no-ist
>



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