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August 5, 1893

The Law of Cremation: An Outline of the Law relating to Cremation, Ancient and Modern.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(6):213. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420580035016

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Society of London, a discussion arose on a paper on the subject of cremation read by my father, Dr. Benjamin Ward Richardson, F.R.S.,whether a person could determine for himself as to the mode of the disposal of his remains after death, and whether or not such disposal was entirely in the hands of his executors." Becoming interested in the question, the author collected information from various countries, and this book, interesting alike to the legal and the medical profession, is the result. The historical chapter, which opens with an account of the ancient law, is perhaps the most interesting of any. In the section devoted to the United States, due mention is made of Dr. LeMoyne's crematorium at Washington, Pa., and an opinion of Judge Ewell is quoted at length. An interesting account of the attempt to cremate the remains of General Garibaldi is given. We commend the book.

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