Five Crazy Ways Humans Have Preserved Their Bodies Throughout History

Nobody can cheat death, but for thousands of years, humans have tried to elude decomposition. Whether we’re saving our bodies for the afterlife or time traveling to a better future, peoples throughout history have gone to astounding lengths to preserve their mortal remains.

Here are five fascinating ways human corpses have defied the natural process of decay.

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Girolamo Segato (Do not Google this guy’s other work if you aren’t fond of dead babies. Yuck.) was an Italian anatomist in around 1800, he discovered a method of artificial petrifaction.  According to a contemporary of his American surgeon Valentine Mott, Segato “had discovered a chemical process by which he could actually petrify, in very short time, every animal substance, preserving permanently, and with minute accuracy, its form and internal texture, and in such a state of stony hardness that it could be sawed into slabs and elegantly polished!”

Segato, fearing that his methods would be stolen, destroyed all his notes about how he achieved this feat before dying unexpectedly at 44.  He took his secrets with him.  Despite many tests on the petrified remains, may of which are housed in the Museum of the Department of Anatomy in Florence, modern science has no idea how he did it.

Skin From Human Cadavers Helps Wounds Heal Better

Human skin from cadavers that has had its cells removed can help treat wounds, researchers say.

This new treatment could prove especially helpful for chronic skin wounds, which are a growing threat to public health, scientists added. According to the National Institutes of Health, treating such wounds costs the United States more than $25 billion annually.

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The process to make it work sounds similar to the news about “growing” lungs.  But cadaver parts have been used for years – cartilage, tendons…

This news is particularly good for anyone who has had a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).  Postthrombotic syndrome (PTS) is a problem that can develop in nearly half of all patients who experience a DVT in the leg.  Leg ulcers are one symptom of PTS… I do not recommend image searching for “leg ulcer”, or “venous skin ulcer”.

It’s also good news for burn victims – some of which are children. 😦