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December 18, 1886

LETTER FROM LONDON.

JAMA. 1886;VII(25):692-694. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250120076011

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Abstract

Economy of Cremation—Bequest to Cambridge University—Paraplegia in Pott's Disease—Solution of Tannin for Ingrowing Toe-nail.

Mr. W. Eassie, who is Honorary Secretary of the Cremation Society of England, in a paper on The Economy of Cremation, shows that our present system of interment is very costly. At a low estimate the cost of the metropolitan cemeteries was taken at £272,000. Assuming cremation to be practised and to become the mode of disposing of the dead by even 50 per cent. of the population of London, a piece of ground of about 500 acres in extent would be sufficient. It shows, too, that £75,000 would amply cover the expense of the cremating area, and in addition, Mr. Eassie remarked that on the same basis of calculation some 605 acres of ground would be saved from pollution by the dead. Furthermore, the 500 acres set apart for cremation purposes would serve a population

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