Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Cannibalism Used To Be A Bizarre Form Of Medicine Back In The Day

Cannibalism is rightly understood to be not such a great thing...however, that wasn't always the case.

For years, Europeans participated in cannibalism, right up until the late 18th century, in fact. They weren't cannibals as we think of them today, actively eating the flesh of living or newly deceased people, though. Instead, they used parts of the dead to create medical remedies.

You see, during the 16th and 17th centuries, medical science was quite primitive. The prevailing thought about cures for various illnesses was "like treats like." For instance, ground up bits of skull will cure a headache.

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