Is cannibalism a myth?BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6946.59a (Published 02 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:59
- F S A Doran
- Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1DH.
EDITOR, - In his article on cannibalism, Tony Smith turns for reliable evidence to that most trustworthy observer Captain James Cook, the great navigator. Lieutenant James King RN, a member of my wife's family, who was studying mathematics and astronomy at Christ Church College at the time, was chosen in 1776 to superintend the astronomical department of Cook's third voyage. It was James King who continued Cook's journal after his death.
The practice of eating the flesh of valiant warriors killed in battle is not an act of barbarism and crude savagery …