Death: Corpses, Cadavers, and Other Grave Matters

Death: Corpses, Cadavers, and Other Grave Matters

by Elizabeth A. Murray
     
 

Everyone Dies . . . but what happens inside the human body when death occurs? What body systems are key for holding on to life? And what value does studying death have for those of us still living? Explore all of the answers with a forensic scientist who takes a look at the body's interconnected cellular systems and the links between life and death.

Overview

Everyone Dies . . . but what happens inside the human body when death occurs? What body systems are key for holding on to life? And what value does studying death have for those of us still living? Explore all of the answers with a forensic scientist who takes a look at the body's interconnected cellular systems and the links between life and death.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Amy Sisson
Although Death: Corpses, Cadavers, and Other Grave Matters is competently written and full of useful information, readers may be somewhat disappointed that the content is far more clinical than the catchy title would suggest. The book's first two chapters address the biological definition of life and the definition and effects of disease, while the next five chapters cover the causes, progression, and physiological effects of death itself. Interspersed throughout are discussions of moral issues including assisted suicide and long-term life support, as well as legal and procedural details such as who declares that a death has occurred and who determines whether an autopsy is required. Photographs, illustrations, and charts enhance the discussion and there are several profiles, written in the first person, by people with chronic or terminal diseases and people who treat the ill or dying in various capacities. Because the information is detailed and straightforward, this book would make a good report source for middle school, junior high, or younger high school students. The bibliography and further reading section, which includes Web sites such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is also helpful. Although the layout is easy on the eyes and the photographs appear to be current, the book somehow manages to give the visual impression of being slightly dated and old-fashioned, and readers may not find it overly appealing. Recommended for public and school libraries that experience significant print book usage for school projects. Reviewer: Amy Sisson
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Murray, a forensic anthropologist, has written a book that deals with the scientific aspect of life and death. Her experience as a teacher of anatomy and physiology comes through as she explains the living body, what happens when systems shut down, and how postmortem remains can give evidence to solve crimes and the mysteries of diseases. Some controversial subjects such as stem-cell research and euthanasia are presented but readers are left to develop their own opinions based on the facts offered. First-person accounts of terminally ill patients and those working in the fields of pathology, hospice, and anatomy clarify subjects presented in the chapters. Color photographs are included throughout, some of which are potentially disturbing. The glossary and bibliography are extensive and helpful. This book provides information for those who are curious about a subject that is not easy to discuss.—Denise Moore, O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761338512
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/2010
Series:
Discovery! Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
961,906
Product dimensions:
7.68(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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