July 15, 2022

Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires: A History of Corpse Medicine with Richard Sugg

Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires: A History of Corpse Medicine with Richard Sugg

Joining me today is Dr. Richard Sugg the author of many books including the topic of conversation today 'Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires' where we discuss the gory and gruesome history of cannibalism as part of corpse medicine.

 Picking our way through the bloodstained shadows of this remarkable secret history, we encounter medicine cut from bodies living and dead, sacks of human fat harvested after a gun battle, skull medicine, the blood-drinking of Scandinavian executions, Victorian corpse-stroking, and the magical powers of candles made from human fat.

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Guest information:

Website: https://doctorrichardsugg.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSugg?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drrichardsugg/channel/

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Richard Sugg is the author of thirteen books, including John Donne (Palgrave, 2007); Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires (Turkish trans 2018; 3rd edn 2020); A Century of Supernatural Stories (2015); Fairies: A Dangerous History (Reaktion, 2018; Japanese trans 2022); The Real Vampires (Amberley, 2019); and Bloodlust (2020). He lectured in English and History at the universities of Cardiff and Durham (2001-2017), and his work has appeared in The Guardian, The Sun, the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, BBC History, the New Yorker, and Der Spiegel, as well as on international television. Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires is one of the topics handled in Greg Jenner's new book, Ask a Historian; and is currently being pitched as a TV documentary series by Barry Krost Media in LA.