Buy Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear New Ed by Jan Bondeson (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low. Jan Bondeson. · Rating details · ratings · 56 reviews. Readers of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales—just think of The Premature Burial—may comfort themselves. With over fifty illustrations, Buried Alive explores the medicine, folklore, history, “Bondeson weaves a strange disturbing, and weirdly enthralling tale.

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Actually, when the classical physician spoke of “signs of death”, he meant the physical signs in Hippocrates’ Prognostikon that death was inevitable; the presence of these signs indicated that the doctor’s work was done.

Bondeson wraps up Buried Alive with the minimal evidence that many people were actually buried alive and looks at whether alivr happens nowadays. The book is labelled as It’s like reading someone’s dissertation. Get to Know Us. Alfred Nobel insisted that special measures be taken to ensure that he really had succumbed to the final antagonist. Death, Dissection and the Destitute. Jan 30, Tracey marked it as to-read.

The author, a bureid himself, exhumes some fascinating material—from the history of the German Leichenhauser waiting mortuaries—where bells were tied to the fingers of corpses should they bestir and shake themselves back to life to the literary and philosophical overtones of the French debate on accuracy in death certification.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. The bulk of the text deals with the period from — in Europe and America, years that correspond with the development of Western medicine as we know it. I was fascinated and yet disgusted by the history of Germany’s “death houses”.

Fascinating and well-researched, but it was a bit dry for my taste. Apr 11, Cara rated it really liked it. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. I found this sort of tease kind of annoying, since his introduction is filled with so many lurid tales that he never thoroughly examines until the end of the book.


Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear by Jan Bondeson

Published March 17th by W. Researching and Buriev with Multiple Genres, Media With over fifty illustrations, Buried Alive explores the medicine, folklore, history, and literature of Europe and the United States to uncover why such fears arose and whether they were warranted.

We all will oneday day be buried,cremated,or become a cadaver. Back then you might have had a red hot poker or a tobacco smoke enema put up your anus, have your feet slashed open,urine or something worse put in your mouth to name a few of the horrific techniques employed at the time.

The author continued to talk about cases where people were buried alive. A Compendium of the Odd, the Bizarre, and the Unexpected. There are two problems with these chapters. Readers of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales–just think of The Premature Burial –may comfort themselves with the notion that Poe must have exaggerated: Aug 25, Bri rated it it was ok.


This one isn’t a book of fiction; it is a well documented book about the phenomenon of premature burial throughout history and litterature. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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This book will make you insanely grateful to have been born in the twentieth century, even though it concludes that buriwd of burial alive is hugely disproportionate to the likelihood of such an occurence. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Once you began to look like a rotting Halloween pumpkin and smelled like, well, a really dead body, your family felt that it was time to dig the bondesson and drop you in. Dec 30, Heather Pundt rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Nov 29, Ryan Kaczmarek rated it it was ok. It makes one look at a stethoscope in a different light.

When one 18th-century French The book is divided into twelve chapters. However, the very academic writing style made absorbing some of the text more of a task than a pleasure, though I have no doubt this is an exceedingly well-researched book.


Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. On Genetic Variety and the Human Body. Perhaps one day i will win the battle of attrition that rises from reading this book, although after finishing Bondeson’s ‘Cabinet of Medical Curiousities’, i am thinking this is trench warfare.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Dec 24, Sarah rated it did not like it. From the death house of Munich we move to patented survival coffins with alarms, and various other instruments sold to the paranoid. It was speculated, from the number of skeletons found in horrific, contorted positions inside their coffins, that ten out of every one hundred people were buried before they were dead.

Was just story after story of people being buried alive and I thought it’d be like an actual history or some psychology.

Perhaps reading this right after Mary Roach’s ‘Stiff’ spoiled me? Bondeson is the biographer of a predecessor of Jack the Ripper, the London Monster, who stabbed fifty women in the buttocks, of Edward ‘the Boy’ Jones, who stalked Queen Victoria and stole her underwear, and Greyfriars Bobby, a Scottish terrier Outside of his career in medicine, he has written several nonfiction books on a variety of topics, such nondeson medical anomalies and unsolved murder mysteries.

Still, some interesting information.

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I myself am not. I was amused, disgusted and chilled by turns. Please provide an email address. This is a superb work; it’s clearly written, logically presented, and extremely interesting.