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June 7, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(23):1519-1520. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480230047010

The proper embalming of a dead body requires considerable technical skill and judgment, and a large majority of undertakers are entirely incapable of performing it in a satisfactory manner. J. G. Garson1 considers that embalming should not be relegated to the undertaker, but should always receive the direct attention of the medical attendant of the deceased. The injection of an antiseptic solution into the large serous cavities of the body may undoubtedly have some effect in reducing the rapidity of decomposition, but it does not compare in efficiency with the introduction of the antiseptic solution directly into the blood vessels. By this latter means the various parts of the entire body are most universally reached by the antiseptic. The proper injection of a body through the blood vessels requires no little care in regulating the pressure to be brought upon the vessels. The perfunctory embalming, which is usually carried