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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 1999
when I read a book, about embalming its very important to me that I get all the imformation about the practice, tools, and various methods of arterial injection. this book was very clear on every one of those subjects. If you are planning on going into,the mortuary field, its A great book!!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is the Textbook for the Embalmer.Every apprentice and Funeral Director needs this book,even if they are not active embalmers. Professional embalmers readily have this text available. Most have this book tabbed and referenced for use. This book should be read before entering the preparation room. This book should also should not be read by the general public and needs specialized instruction. Many Embalmers will tell you that experience is a better teacher. I disagree. Recently I went through this book. Funeral Directors should refer to this book in their written notes about problem cases. They are the Experts and should always use the professional skills outlined here. Of particular utility, for both arrangers and embalmers is the section on drugs and embalming.
This book+experience=the professional embalmer. A good rule for the general public is to ask if this book is available, to their embalmer,IF THE FAMILY MAKES THE EMBALMING CHOICE. Often neglected is the excellent, technical section on restorative art.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 1998
I used the text as a Mortuary Science Department student at Cypress College,Orange Co. It was a real "eye-opener". The book became my bible. I'm sure I'll continue to learn from it. Although it may be a little "dry", it is extremely informative and detailed. Definitely for the person who respects the deceased and their loved ones; it is important for readers to have a certain emotional maturity.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2003
I am currently a student at the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Services in NYC and this is the textbook we use for our classes. I find the book very easy to follow and it makes the embalming and dying process, both Antemortem and Postmortem clear. I would definately recommend this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 1998
Upon reading the standard textbook for Funeral Services in Canada I wasn't satisfied with the large volume of text involved so I turned to Mayer's Theory History and Practice. This book is an excellent resource for students and professionals in the Funeral Services field. There are alot of visual representations and I found it to be very useful in helping with the 'hands on approach' needed to help perfect the embalming process. I hope more students and professionals start using this book as a reference.
This book is not for the average individual interested in gore.
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 1999
I am a PA licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer. I studied at NCACC. Most of my embalming training was through hands on experience, the rest through Xerox copies of outdated texts. Also, there was the 1st edition of this book. I only found it useful to study the history section. This new version has not improved at all. This book covers the legal requirements and BORES you to "death", but it is not very practicle for embalming techniques. The title is very misleading. The Theory & Practice Sections you can rip out of the book. I reiterate: This book is only good for the History of Embalming (& perhaps some of the federal requirements too). If you want a good embalming text, ask your local funeral director to Xerox his old embalming book for you --just make sure It's not by Mayer!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2001
Since I am not a funeral director but have been interested in the profession (I used to work with friends on the east coast), I could not put the book down because it captured and sustained my interest. As a novice reader to the mortuary profession, I could not believe how much technical information you had to know. It is almost like becoming a physician. Although the diagrams/pictures were not in color, just having them spiked and fueled my interest -- with actual embalming techniques.
Finally, my favorite unit was on embalming instruments. I highly respect morticians because of the administrative, logistical, creative, and artistic so-called 'hats' they must wear in order to do a professional service!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 1997
This is THE standard Mortuary text book used in most American Mortuary-Funeral Sciences classrooms. NOT intended for the casual or avid book reader. THIS IS A TEXTBOOK. Materials contained therin include legal and practical applications of the Mortuary Sciences. Mark Alan Harman-Buseman (BigRRFan@aol.com)
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on July 22, 2013
I originally purchased this book about two to three years ago, (which I believed I already left a review for it). When I purchased this book was when I started with my interest in becoming an embalmer and attending mortuary college. Even after realizing that this dream was not for everybody, I came to realize that regardless of whether you are studying to become a professional embalmer, funeral director, medical examiner, coroner, mortuary assistant, etc., this fascinating textbook is one heck of a historical reference for none other than a funeral service historian, by none other than one of the best mortuary science authors on the market as well, "Mayer".

So, whether or not you are studying for mortuary school, this book provides a great historical account and appreciation for anybody learning about thanatology, mortuary sciences, the tools-of-the-trade, and more. Worth every penny, of course, I have a knack for purchasing inexpensive textbook that are like locating the Holy Grail, and if you're a college student, then you can understand how expensive a textbook is, and how often if you do locate one that is relatively inexpensive, to snap it up in a heartbeat.
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on October 13, 2011
This was the required text for all 3-quarters of my Embalming courses.

It's a pretty good book and will give the reader, or student, a lot of really useful information.

I kept this book even after finishing my Funeral Service Education degree and I really really encourage you to do the same!!!

Good Luck!!!

Jeff
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
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