Don’t worry, those Harvard library books aren’t bound in human flesh after all
Harvard University just discovered that their infamous human flesh books aren’t bound from flayed human skin after all. But it’s still bound in skin, but rather sheepskin. Yes, it’s a let down, especially since we’ve believed in those human flesh books since 2006 when the discovery was published in The Harvard Crimson.
Apparently though, the practice of using human flesh to bind books ‘was pretty popular’ in the 17th century for anatomical textbooks. ‘Medical professionals would often use the flesh of cadavers they’d dissected during their research’. Uh, nice.
Via The Guardian