Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser
for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.
Karla F. C. Holloway, professor of English and Dean of Humanities and
Social Sciences at Duke University, writes a fascinating book about the unique
experience of death and dying within African American culture. To explore
the significance of the mortuary business and funeral rituals in black culture, Passed On takes readers on a journey through the Jim Crow
era of the 20th century United States to the present day. By weaving interviews,
historical accounts, and personal reflection, Holloway demonstrates how a
combination of racial injustice, violence against blacks, and medical neglect
has shaped black people's expected transition between this world and the afterlife.
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