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January 1995

Death to Dust: What Happens to Dead Bodies?

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Section of Critical Care, Box 15 University of Southern Florida College of Medicine Tampa, FL 33606-3475

 

by Kenneth V. Iserson, 709 pp, $38.95, Tucson, Ariz, Galen Press Inc, 1994.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1995;149(1):104. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1995.02170130106032

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Abstract

Death to Dust: What Happens to Dead Bodies? must be the most comprehensive compendium of information on all aspects of death, dying, and the disposition of remains that has ever been published. Well researched, and referenced at the conclusion of each chapter, this book provides instant access to information in a particular area to readers.

Iserson, a surgeon and bioethicist at the University of Arizona, wrote this book to help all of us better understand not death, but the activities that go on around death. He also hopes that the book will help the reader to understand that organ donation is the only sensible thing to do with one's own remains or those of loved ones.

To achieve these two goals, Iserson covers the activities of death from a historical, physiological, cultural, religious, and political perspective. While expertly weaving all of these threads into an informative, intriguing, and illustrative whole,

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