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When we die : the science, culture, and rituals of death
Mims, Cedric A.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.

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xiii, 370 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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"First published in the United Kingdom as When we die: what becomes of the body after death, by Robinson Publishing Ltd."--T.p. verso.
Part I. Death and its causes -- What is death? -- The main causes of death -- Suicide, euthanasia, homicide -- Ageing and death -- Part II. What happens to corpses? -- The body after death -- Burial -- Exposure and cremation -- Unusual methods of disposal -- Embalming and mummification -- Freezing and other methods of preservation -- Part III. The use and abuse of corpses -- The body and the laboratory : dissection -- Using parts of the body : transplantation -- The abuse of corpses -- Identifying bodies and parts of bodies -- Part IV. Death and afterlife -- Death and the corpse : the emotional impact -- The afterlife and the future of corpse disposal.
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