The Corpse: A History

The Corpse: A History

by Christine Quigley
     
 

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Quigley (Georgetown U.) examines the treatment of dead bodies throughout history and across cultures. Coverage includes various procedures for preparing the corpse (embalming, mummification, etc.) as well as ways of disposing of it, such as burial, cremation, and donation to medical science. Other topics range from cannibalism to cryonics. This paperback volume is a… See more details below

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Quigley (Georgetown U.) examines the treatment of dead bodies throughout history and across cultures. Coverage includes various procedures for preparing the corpse (embalming, mummification, etc.) as well as ways of disposing of it, such as burial, cremation, and donation to medical science. Other topics range from cannibalism to cryonics. This paperback volume is a reprint of the library bound edition, first published in 1996 by McFarland. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Library Journal
The significance of the corpse in society reflects what we think about death and dying, notes Quigley. How the living deal with the lifeless body is based on a profoundly complicated set of cultural values. Quigley's Death Dictionary: Over 5500 Clinical, Legal, Literary and Vernacular Terms (McFarland, 1994), which chronicled a staggering number of euphemisms for death, made her aware of the many ways society has viewed the experience of death. Quigley here provides an historical overview of how Europeans treated and disposed of the dead. Specifically, she looks at the role of the corpse during the process of grief and how it has been prepared for funeral rites, as well as its value to other interested parties such as medical examiners. Based primarily on monographic sources, Quigley's book does not offer a major contribution to academic scholarship; it is, however, a fascinating and well-researched documentation of a compelling topic. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.-Mary Hemmings, Univ. of Calgary, Alberta
Morbid Curiosity
very well researched...engaging...fascinating
Science and Justice
well referenced...comprehensive

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786424498
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
10/13/2005
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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