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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.
|Publication date:||31st August 2005|
|Publisher:||McFarland & Co Inc|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||Sociology: customs & traditions, Sociology: death & dying,|
The late Christine Quigley authored books and articles, wrote an eclectic blog called Quigley's Cabinet and reviewed books for Fortean Times.More About Christine Quigley