The Book Made of Skin
A book in the collections at Harvard University was recently tested and confirmed to be bound in human skin. While it sounds strange and damn right horrible to us, it was a common practice in the 16-century. Typically, the skins came from criminals who had been executed. An inscription inside the book reads:
“This book is bound in human skin parchment on which no ornament has been stamped to preserve its elegance…A book about the human soul deserved to have a human covering.”
Medical oddities at the Mutter Museum
17th century anatomical models
Made from ivory anatomical manikins from date back to the 17th century and are dubbed as
“manikin,”. There is about 100 of these ivory manikins left in the world and what they was truly used for is where mystery lays.
Its assumed that they would have been used for medical simulation but Male physicians of the era likely collected them as status symbols.
The False Face
This kind of mask is wore by the members of an Iroquois medicinal society and it is used during rituals supposedly to scare the disease out of the patient.
Thomas Edison’s Talking Baby Dolls
If anyone knows me I am normally keen on creepy looking dolls but the sound of these ones, even give me the creeps….
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