Näyttökuva 2013-09-20 kohteessa 20.55.24Human fat was mentioned in European pharmacopoeias since the 16th century as an

important fatty component of quality deemed ointments and other pharmaceuticals in Europe.

In traditional medicine in Europe, human fat was believed to have a healing magic significance until the 19th century.

Many executioners recovered the fat called ”Armsünderfett” (German for fat or grease from poor executed siners)

from the bodies of their executants and sold it.

For some executioners the marketing of human fat was a major source of revenue.

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The human fat was used to make ointments for treatment of various diseases such as bone pain, toothache and gout.

Since the late 19th Century, human fat,

were produced and offered under the trade name Humanol as a sterile,

liquified preparation for injections in Germany.

In 1909 it was introduced for surgical treatment of scars, wound disinfection, and wound revisions. In the 1920s it became out of fashion after low cure rates and the incidence of fat embolisms caused by its application.

Until the 1960s various manufacturers offered alleged wrinkle creams for external use

containing human fat from placentas collected from midwives and obstetric departments for industrial purposes.