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Buried alive : the terrifying history of our most primal fear

Author: Jan Bondeson
Publisher: New York : Norton, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Readers of Edgar Allan Poe's tales - just think of The Premature Burial - may comfort themselves with the notion that Poe must have exaggerated: surely people of the 1880s could not have been at risk of being buried alive? But such stories filled medical journals as well as fiction, and fear in the populace was high. It was speculated, from the number of skeletons found in horrible, contorted positions inside their
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Bondeson
ISBN: 9780393049060 039304906X 9780756774721 0756774721 9780393322224 039332222X
OCLC Number: 45100353
Description: 320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Miracles of the dead --
The lady with the ring and the lecherous monk --
Winslow the anatomist and Bruhier the horror monger --
The eighteenth-century debate --
Hospitals for the dead --
Security coffins --
The signs of death --
Skeptical physiologists and raving spiritualists --
The final struggle --
Literary premature burials --
Were people really buried alive? --
Are people still being buried alive?
Responsibility: Jan Bondeson.

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"A necrobibliac classic: it may keep you up all night-not from fear but from fascination."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review  Read more...

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