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Harvard Scientists Confirm Arsène Houssaye Book Is Bound In Human Skin

Posted at 7:21AM Friday 06 Jun 2014

Harvard scientists have confirmed a volume in one of its libraries is "without a doubt" bound in human skin after a series of tests conducted on the binding confirmed the origin of the material.

Scientists and conservators used several different methods to test the binding and are now "99.9 per cent" sure the material covering the book, Arsène Houssaye's Des destinées de l'ame, is of human origin.


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