By L. Noble
Medicinal Cannibalism in Early smooth English Literature and Culture examines a tremendous second within the lengthy heritage of the scientific use and abuse of the human physique. In early glossy Protestant England, the fragmented corpse used to be processed, circulated, and ingested as a beneficial drug in a clinical economic system underpinned by means of a brutal judicial approach. In a meticulous engagement with an intensive diversity of clinical, spiritual, and literary texts, Louise Noble exhibits how early glossy writers turned keen about medicinal cannibalism and its uncanny hyperlink to the contested Eucharist sacrament. within the procedure, Noble issues out startling continuities among early glossy and modern clinical consumptions of the physique.
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Now his mother can say he donated his organs for other people. ”44 A similar logic is applied in the case of early modern criminals—they can benefit the nation simply by removing themselves from it by execution. ”45 A theory of reparative justice, holding that dissection enables criminals to make amends for their crimes by contributing with their bodies to the health of the state, also underpins the use of criminals’ corpses for medical anatomies. John Donne brings this point home in his proclamation that bodies can be deployed for the good of the state in several ways: The bravest heroes, for public good Scattered in divers lands their limbs of blood.
Furthermore, the anatomy theater was not only the public arena for exploiting the seemingly boundless pharmacological potential of a corpse. Cannibalistic acts were frequently part of the spectacle at the execution site itself. ”77 While this sharing of blood symbolized the sense of collective benefit derived from the executed body, this practice also raised curious moral issues about collective risk, such as the potential danger of infecting the drinker with the disease of criminality. 79 A similar attitude is present in the medical market today.
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Medicinal Cannibalism in Early Modern English Literature and Culture by L. Noble