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remarkable Italian mummies have been preserved almost perfectly 200 years ago for medical demonstrations. Giovan Battista Rini stripped away the skin to show the muscles, airways and blood vessels inside the heads. Academics have now discovered the specimens were injected with arsenic and mercury - or dipped in chemical baths to preserve them for research.

remarkable Italian mummies have been preserved almost perfectly 200 years ago for medical demonstrations. Giovan Battista Rini stripped away the skin to show the muscles, airways and blood vessels inside the heads. Academics have now discovered the specimens were injected with arsenic and mercury - or dipped in chemical baths to preserve them for research.

Incan mummies were typically those of sacrificed people and emperors. They were preserved with their precious possessions. These mummies are some of the most well preserved mummies in the world, with intact organs and skin. Mummies were often preserved naturally due to cold temperatures. Mummies were kept in structures called huacas.

Mummified medical cadaver head. Probably from a medical school's collection. Most likely 19C.

Centuries ago the only method of recording medical anomalies, was by preserving specimens & placing them in showcases. Frederik Ruysch (1638-71) merged dioramas with the horrors of the anatomic preservation: not just preserving, but deforming infant bodies affected by anomalies in artistic compositions with the science of taxydermy. His “preparation” survived mostly in series of prints, but some jars survived in St.Petersburg, by Tzar Peter the Great who bought them from the bizarre anatomist.

This photo came from the Norman Prather collection. It was sent, along with other pictures by his daughter Norma. It is quite possible that this mummified person is the real thing. Carnival and circus side shows in years past did exhibit animals and humans that were actual mummies. In later years it was outlawed and only a medical institution or museum could place them on exhibition. (Looks like the mummy at the curiosity shop in Seattle, WA)

Tattooed human skin, part of a medical oddity collection held at The Medical Pathology Museum of Tokyo University

First Year Medical Students, University of Adelaide, 1900

The earliest known examples of tattoos were the Egyptians, having being present on numerous female mummies that date as far back as 2000 B.C. It was only until Iceman, a frozen body found at the Italian-Austrian border in 1991, was discovered with patterns adorned across various parts of his body that presented evidence of tattoos existing much earlier. Scientists have carbon dated Iceman to around 5,200 years old. tattoos-and-piercings

Sparklet Nasal Completely Cures Head Colds by paul.malon, via Flickr

coooooolll Mtter Museum of Medical Oddities in Philadelphia.