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The Dying Game: A Curious History of Death
by Melanie King
This is a rollercoaster history of everything that has, could and does befall a corpse - from the bizarre and macabre death rituals of ancient and modern cultures to the morbidly fascinating biological, ethical and legal story that begins only when we end.
Paperback, 218 pages
Published April 28th 2008 by ONEWorld Publications
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Stunning and intriguing. I had no idea how dead bodies were used for various purposes in the past, nor their frightening current uses. Death, it seems, is an industry vastly overlooked by lawmakers, regulators, and the public at large. Whenever I've chatted with people about this book and its contents, there seems to be disbelief. Like the black market trade of body parts that is as lucrative as the drug underworld? Yeah, that. Folks just don't believe it, but the author has scientific studies a ...more
Finally finished this. The read was entertaining, and it was, as I thought, the the European counterpart to Stiff. Different writing type, but similar information. Fascinating as always when given a small glimpse into cultural aspects of anything, but in the case, death, dying and views on both.