Death: A History of Man's Obsessions and Fears

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Years ago, we were on more intimate terms with death. Life was hard, few people lived long, and the Grim Reaper chose his victims indiscriminately. Today, death has become a remote and private affair, occurring as often in the clinical anonymity of a hospital or nursing home as in the bosom of the family. Yet one thing has not changed: even though we understand its causes better today, we dread death every bit as much as our more primitive ...
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Years ago, we were on more intimate terms with death. Life was hard, few people lived long, and the Grim Reaper chose his victims indiscriminately. Today, death has become a remote and private affair, occurring as often in the clinical anonymity of a hospital or nursing home as in the bosom of the family. Yet one thing has not changed: even though we understand its causes better today, we dread death every bit as much as our more primitive ancestors did.

Filled with strange anecdotes and many bizarre images, this book records the lengths to which people have gone to cope with their fears and anxieties about death and dying. Within these pages, you can read about people who have been buried alive, various methods of embalming, grave defilements, and the wiles of contemporary funeral directors who use psychological manipulation to turn grief into a lucrative business. B&W illus. 256pp.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780760700372
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/15/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    Wilkins is the Man

    My brother bought this book a few years ago because he thought it would be 'cool' and it would be all gore. It turns out that this is one of the most facinating books i've ever read. I've gone through it more than 3 times front to back and it really helped me figure out what i wanted to do with my life. However you dont have to become an expert to enjoy this book. Lucid reflections on the cultures of the world and their demise. It has everything from mummies to head shrinking and vampirism. For the price they're selling it at you cant pass it up.

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