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After We Die: The Life and Times of the Human Cadaver 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1589016958
ISBN-10: 1589016955
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Editorial Reviews

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"Although death is a universal experience, few of us have looked beyond the simple choice between burial and cremation. For those who share the author's curiosity, Mr. Cantor has provided an informative, thorough, and often entertaining explication of the fate of our bodies."―New York Journal of Books

"Norman Cantor has taken a subject that could be dull and dry and written an extensive and interesting account of the various customs and practical questions that might arise concerning the care of a corpse. . . . Cantor's ingenuity is manifested by his ability to present lively examples and intriguing anecdotes."―Health Progress

"A fascinating book, written in a lively, accessible style."―Choice

"Highly readable and offers several examples of Cantor's wry sense of humor. It also reveals an extraordinary depth and breadth of research and advances a number of serious conclusions."―Journal of Legal Medicine

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"Cantor's curiosity about the dead is catching. A moment's dip into this book can easily turn into an afternoon as he brings together―with clarity, insight, and, dare we admit, some entertaining value―all of the current major legal, ethical, and social issues regarding death."―Lois Shepherd, professor of law and biomedical ethics, University of Virginia

"After We Die is an honest, insightful, and informative look at how the body is handled after death and how much of this handling can be preplanned by those who wish to control their own fate. It challenges our aversion to the corpse, or more specifically our thoughts about our own corpsehood, and convinces us that the moral of the story is to articulate in advance our preferences for its disposition."―Christine Quigley, author of The Corpse: A History and Modern Mummies: The Preservation of the Human Body in the Twentieth Century

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press; 1 edition (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589016955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589016958
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,671,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am at a loss as to the previous reviewer's negativity. - this was a really good read - funny, interesting, at times compelling. I didn't read it as a textbook; I read it as the informative, interesting book that it is. I recommend it because this is a topic that is usually found in scholarly, dry tomes and rarely discussed in public. Yet it is a topic that certainly affects us in a myriad of ways, as the author adroitly points out, from providing medical hospitals with a most needed teaching tool, allowing researchers to advance their own forensic knowledge, and adding to our knowledge of history, to name just a few. It whetted my appetite and expanded my knowledge base AND was amusing. A really good read!!!
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This is not a legal text, nor is it comprehensive or complete. But it is entertaining & interesting reading, and touches on a variety of issues that you may not have previously considered. The book is respectful, not comical. I could hardly put it down. I learned about it in a review in Columbia University (alumni) magazine, which recommended it.
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I didn't think a book on this subject would be interesting or humorous, but I was surprised. It made me aware that if I want to have any say in what happens to me after death, I'd better do something aboutr it.
The humor was also enjoyable.
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No original research. Short on adequate research in spite of bibliography of 17 pages. A totally disorganized regurgitation of others' writings. Better to read Iserson or Roach or Mitford or any of the others directly. A lot of stating the obvious--having sex with a corpse is unacceptable. Blatant errors, probably from copying others' errors. For example--"Without proper disposal, a corpse not only gives sensory offense, it poses some danger of contagion to the living." Not unless it was contagious prior to death. Or, in reference to the mummies in Guanajuato, Mexico," Residents disinterred dozens of such mummified bodies and displayed them as tourist attractions." No, they were disinterred when the families no longer paid the grave rent. Or, "When Kennedy's ashes were scattered from a naval ship at sea, the wind blew the remains back on board the vessel." The Catholic church is against scattering. The entire box was tossed into the sea which is why it was considered "burial at sea" and acceptable to the Catholic church. Or, "Metal remnants may be left among the ashes. These include gold or silver tooth fillings . . . " Nope! They vaporize, according to a U. of Minnesota study. And a niche is for cremated remains, not caskets. The blunders go on and on.
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