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November 16, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(20):1679-1680. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530200037008

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Death is the lot of all mankind and has been since the beginning of time. Burial under more or less artificial conditions is the ultimate fate of most individuals in civilized countries. To very few, however, is granted the privilege to die and to be prepared for the tomb repeatedly, while the individual who can repeat this performance at widely separated localities, is, indeed, unique. Such a person is a "Mrs. Fred Hartzell." Not only is she remarkable for this peculiarity, but she is also surely the good angel of newspaper reporters, for, whenever news becomes scarce and copy hard to get, "Mrs. Fred Hartzell" immediately dies and is resurrected in some new spot. With startling regularity a reporter arrives on the scene very shortly after her apparent demise and just in time to see her rise up in her coffin to the astonishment and horror of her friends. A

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