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Throughout the centuries, different cultures have established a variety of procedures for handling and disposing of corpses. Often the methods are directly associated with the deceased’s position in life, such as a pharaoh’s mummification in Egypt or the cremation of a Buddhist.
Treatment by the living of the dead over time and across cultures is the focus of study. Burial arrangements and preparations are detailed, including embalming, the funeral service, storage and transport of the body, and forms of burial. Autopsies and the investigative process of causes of deliberate death are fully covered. Preservation techniques such as cryonic suspension and mummification are discussed, as well as a look at the “recycling” of the corpse through organ donation, donation to medicine, animal scavengers, cannibalism, and, of course, natural decay and decomposition. Mistreatments of a corpse are also covered.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)|
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Table of ContentsTable of Contents
Part I. The Corpse as an Object of Grief 7
1. The Symbol 9
2. The Visual Image 22
Part II. The Last Rites of a Corpse 47
3. The Preparation 48
4. The Display 63
5. The Disposition 78
Part III. The Corpse and the Causes of Death 105
6. The Investigation 107
7. The Deliberate Death 142
8. The Proliferation 155
Part IV. The Recycling of the Corpse 175
9. The Resuscitation 177
10. The Donation 197
11. The Ingestion 209
12. The Dissolution 222
Part V. The Keeping of the Corpse 231
13. The Preservation 233
14. The Veneration 247
15. The Exhibit 267
Part VI. Respect for the Corpse 275
16. The Shamed 277
17. The Anonymous 284
18. The Plundered 290
19. Caretakers of the Dead 305