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June 6, 1977

Return to Life: Two Imaginings of the Lazarus Theme

JAMA. 1977;237(23):2543. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270500095046

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The Physician of the Dance of Death: A Historical Study of the Evolution of the Dance of Death Mythus in Art, by Aldred Scott Warthin (reprint of 1931 ed), 142 pp, 91 illus, $12, New York, Arno Press, 1977.

Death and the Visual Arts, by James M. Clark (reprint of the 1950 ed of The Dance of Death in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance), 226 pp, with illus, $17, New York, Arno Press, 1977.

In the past few years, death has become an increasingly popular topic of books, essays, and even television programs. Arno Press, which reprints groups of out-of-print books, has responded to this interest by issuing a collection of 40 volumes under the joint title The Literature of Death and Dying. The contents are extremely varied. They range in time of original publication from the 17th century (works of John Donne, Francis Bacon, and Thomas Browne) to