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September 21, 1994

Death to Dust: What Happens to Dead Bodies?

Author Affiliations

San Bernardino, Calif

JAMA. 1994;272(11):899-900. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520110087044

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Perhaps because of our natural aversion to thinking about our own mortality, this rather comprehensive, interestingly illustrated, and well-documented treatise on what happens to the human body after death may contain substantially more information that we ever wanted to know. On the other hand, for members of the Kreepy Krawler generation who might have expected a spinechilling thriller, a goose-bump—producing experience based on the title, this book will probably prove a disappointment.

Death to Dust is well written, informative, and readable. To the physician faced with the pressure and necessity of obtaining organs or tissue for donation purposes and with dealing with the donor and the donor's loved ones, as well as to the potential recipient and the family, the chapter "Help for the Living: Organ, Tissue and Whole Body Donation" should prove an excellent resource for information and guidance. The desperate need for organ tissue and whole-body donation is

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