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Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires


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Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter One: The Middle Ages to the Civil War Chapter Two: The Civil War to the Eighteenth Century Chapter Three: The Bloody Harvest: Sources of Human Body Parts Chapter Four: The Other Cannibals: Man-eaters of the New World Chapter Five: Dirty History, Filthy Medicine Chapter Six: Eating the Soul Chapter Seven: Opposition and Ambivalence: pre-Eighteenth Century Chapter Eight: The Eighteenth Century Conclusion: Afterlives

About the Author

Richard Sugg is lecturer in Renaissance Literature at the University of Durham. His previous publications include: John Donne (Palgrave, 2007), Murder After Death (Cornell, 2007), The Smoke of the Soul (Palgrave, 2013), and The Secret History of the Soul (Cambridge Scholars, 2013). He has just completed his sixth book, The Real Vampires.


Praise of this edition:

"Richard Sugg's excellent book opens up a lost world of magic and medicine. This rich and authoritative account of beliefs about the medical efficacy of dead bodies is a fascinating, if gruesome, eye-opener."
John Henry, University of Edinburgh, UK

"Richard Sugg has written a thorough and engaging examination of pre-modern corpse medicine, paying special attention to literary and cultural history. The new edition with its expanded online content makes this book equally appealing to advanced scholars and students of history, medicine, and literature. It is an excellent edition for graduate and undergraduate classroom use."
Miriam Jacobson, University of Georgia, USA

"Richard Sugg's book Mummies, Cannibals, and Vampires is valuable to both survey student and specialist alike. The book's breadth, from Renaissance to Victorian society, is impressive but it is the work's macabre details which rivets readers to recorded medical uses of the human body."
Charles Levine, Mesa Community College, USA

Praise of the previous edition:

'This book is full of rich detail, making you both recoil and yet read on, fascinated by our ancestors' imaginative ways to try and heal the sick. ' - Cotswold History Blog

"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...It would be a fantastic book to accompany a college class of the same subject." - Amazon.com Customer Review, 5 Stars

"Sugg's book offers itself as a 'history' of corpse medicine. Though it is the work of a well-known literary scholar, Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires invokes imaginative writing only to augment the evidence it draws from medical and scientific texts... Sugg's interest in corpse medicine reaches well beyond mumia to inspect all those strange concoctions of human tissue and waste favoured by early modern pharmacology"- Michael Neill, London Review of Books.

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