Death: The Scientific Facts to Help Us Understand It Better
Our love of life makes the inevitability of death very difficult to accept. Death is a comprehensive examination of that inevitable and universal human experience.
Our love of life makes the inevitability of death very difficult to accept.Deathis a comprehensive examination of that inevitable and universal human experience. To better our understanding of death--and so perhaps fear it less--the book explains the biological processes and the different causes of death, and examines the human perceptions of death throughout history and across cultures.
Death is abundantly illustrated with masterpieces of art, paintings and sculptures and their representations of death, as well as abundant diagrams that explain the science of death. It methodically explores the biological limits of life, the rituals of death and describes the events surrounding the loss of life, using the most current research and medical analyses.
Chapters cover diverse topics associated with death. They include:
Consciousness and the soul
How the body dies
Terminal illness and dying slowly
Methods of death
Poisons, deadly animals and plants
Flu pandemics, the new viruses
Unsanitary conditions and deadly diseases
Murder and execution
Euthanasia and ethics
Creatures from beyond the grave
Violent and dramatic deaths
Death is sprinkled generously with humor and the wisdom of the great thinkers. Reflecting on our philosophical, scientific and spiritual understanding of death, it speaks to our visceral fears and allows us to better appreciate life.
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