Human Flesh Cure

The 1999 film Ravenous (starring Guy Pearce and Robert Carlyle) is about cannibalism. It's loosely inspired by the stories of the Donner Party and Alferd Packer. But it also includes the idea that eating human flesh can cure any wound or disease.

I was reminded of that film when I came across this real-life case, from 1932, of someone trying the human-flesh cure, apparently successfully. But I wonder why the husband fed his wife only a third of his thigh steak? What did he do with the rest? Does eating too much human flesh turn someone into a vampire?

The Des Moines Register - Dec 25, 1932

In Fukuoka prefecture, Japan, banking on the superstition that to eat of human flesh cures all ills, a Korean whose wife had neuralgia cut a half-pound slice of flesh off his thigh, cut the slice in three parts, cooked one part, fed it to his wife, telling her it was rabbit. His wife improved; he went to the government hospital with an infected thigh.
     Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 11, 2016
     Category: Cannibalism | Medicine | 1930s

If they (Koreans) can eat Kimchi then long pork can't, possibly, present a problem.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 03/11/16 at 09:43 AM
Leave it to the Asians to alert us to the fact that one cannot go through life only eating game, store bought meats, and cats, and dogs.
Posted by Hercule Poirot on 03/11/16 at 03:37 PM
1/3 for his wife, 1/3 for himself (he needed it to help his thigh heal), and 1/3 to sell so he could pay the doctors.
Posted by Phideaux on 03/11/16 at 04:41 PM
I wouldn't touch what the normal human flesh "cure" is for most women with a ten inch pole.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 03/11/16 at 07:18 PM
Wait a minute, wasn't he supposed to feed her ribs? Oh wait, wrong story.
Posted by GFinKS on 03/12/16 at 10:01 AM
God: I'll need to take your left leg to create that perfect partner for you.
Man: Oh, no, I can't go through life hopping on one leg.... What can I get for, say, a rib?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 03/12/16 at 10:22 AM
"What did he do with the rest?"

What else do you do with meat? He put it in the freezer for later.
Posted by sudon't on 03/15/16 at 01:59 PM
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