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January 2014

Anthropodermic Bibliopegy: Lessons From a Different Sort of Dermatologic Text

Author Affiliations
  • 1Cochin Medical College, Kochi, Kerala, India
  • 2Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(1):41. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.7473

The practice of anthropodermic bibliopegy—the use of human skin for the binding of printed books and manuscripts—dates back several centuries, with examples reported from nations in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.1 Individuals whose skin has been used for anthropodermic bindings range from authors and scientists who willingly donated their bodies upon their deaths to criminals and the infirm whose corpses were used for binding of texts on law and medicine.

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