Death to Dust: What Happens to Dead Bodies / Edition 2

Death to Dust: What Happens to Dead Bodies / Edition 2

by Kenneth V. Iserson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1883620228

ISBN-13: 9781883620226

Pub. Date: 03/01/2001

Publisher: Galen Press, Limited

Everything you always wanted to know about corpses, including:

  • How does one . . .
    • Determine the time of death?
    • Perform an autopsy?
    • Embalm a body?
    • Donate organs and tissues?
    • Cryonically preserve heads and bodies?
    • Shrink human heads?
    • Identify dismembered bodies?
    • Transport corpses?
  • Why. . .
    • Rob
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Overview

Everything you always wanted to know about corpses, including:

  • How does one . . .
    • Determine the time of death?
    • Perform an autopsy?
    • Embalm a body?
    • Donate organs and tissues?
    • Cryonically preserve heads and bodies?
    • Shrink human heads?
    • Identify dismembered bodies?
    • Transport corpses?
  • Why. . .
    • Rob graves?
    • Dissect cadavers?
    • Bury or cremate a body?
    • Use coffins or caskets?
    • Were people prematurely buried?
    • Did cannibals eat people?
    • Use corpses in research and training?
  • What really does happen to a body after death?
  • What does our culture do with corpses and what have other cultures done?
This book describes individual and societal experiences, drawing from not only the medical sciences, but also the arcane and secretive world of the funeral industry. This book sheds some light into dark corners of our society and proves that, once again, truth is stranger than fiction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883620226
Publisher:
Galen Press, Limited
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
821
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1Dying to Know: Introduction1
2I'm Dead - Now What?13
3Help for the Living: Organ, Tissue, & Whole-Body Donation61
4The Autopsy: My Body and the Pathologist133
5Beauty in Death203
6The Eternal Flame289
7Souls on Ice353
8Wayward Bodies381
9Nightmares445
10Going Out in Style509
11Black Tie Affairs535
12From Earth to Earth607
13A Hand from the Grave689
14Say It Gently: Words, Sayings, & Poetry about the Dead715
App. ATwenty-Second World Medical Assembly746
App. BAd Hoc Committee of Harvard Medical School to Examine the Definition of Brain Death, 1968747
App. CUniform Determination of Death Act749
App. DUniversal Determination of Death Statute (Proposed)750
App. EUniform Anatomical Gift Act (U.S.)751
App. EEmbalmers Classification: Types of Corpses756
App. GThe U.S. Code of Federal Regulations for the Return of Remains to the U.S.758
App. HFederal Trade Commission's "Funeral Rule," 16 C.F.R. section 453760
App. ISelected Independent Funeral Homes Code of Good Funeral Practice765
Glossary767
Index781

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