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  • When death is a saviour

    When death is a saviour

    This poem was written by Charles Baudelaire in 1857, when scientists didn’t really know what the smell of death was. Perhaps Baudelaire’s morbid curiosity inspired the work of the German physician Ludwig Brieger, who a couple of decades later, for the first time, described the main chemical compounds responsible for the “rotting flesh” smell — …

    February 28, 2018