By M. A. Simpson

Demise is a truly badly stored mystery; such an unmentionable and taboo subject that there are over 750 books now in print announcing that we're ignoring the subject.At no time in background has there been a lot awareness paid to dying as a subject matter for scholarly and literary study,clinical and examine attention,or for cynical advertisement exploitation. now we have surpassed even the literary style of the Ars Moriendi,which complicated the learn of the paintings of demise a few 500 years ago.Such an curiosity has an extended and exotic history,as now we have verified within the fresh Arno Press sequence of reprints of vintage works. those that naively think that the onlie begetter of Thanatology lived in Manhattan,or who snobbishly frown at the very time period Thanatology as grotesque smooth jargon,should attend to their research of historical past. The earliest use i've got encountered of this time period in its sleek feel is within the book,in the Bibliotheque Imperial ,Paris: THANATOLOGIA-­ Sive in Mortis Naturam Causas,Genera ac Species,et diagnosi Disquisitiones;published in Goettingen,in 1795.

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1976 (1st publlshed 1960) 448 pp. 00. Scholarly work on Egyptian attitudes to death,with relevant material from comparative mytho1ogy,symbo1ism,& psycho-linguistics;combined to offer further understanding of the relationship with death. * 132. DEATH AS A SPECULATIVE THEME IN RELIGIOUS,SCIENTIFIC, AND SOCIAL THOUGHT. Simpson. 1976. 00. W. Economic,po1itica1 & social aspects of death,as well as philosophical ,religious & scientific points of view. *** ANNOTATED LIST OF BOOKS 39 133. DEATHBED OBSERVATIONS BY PHYSICIANS AND NURSES.

Has little to do with Death Education. ** 144. DEATH: EVERYBODY'S HERITAGE. Landau. 95. An oversimplified general account of death,barely suitable for high-school children & not suitable for anyone else. Not recommended. ** 145. DEATH,GRIEF & BEREAVEMENT: A BIBLIOGRAPHY 1845-1975. Compiled by Robert Fulton with others. Arno Press, New York. 1976. 253 pp. 00. Some 4,000 entries,mainly journal articles,indexed by subject, with nearly 80 classifications. ***** 146. DEATH,GRIEF AND MOURNING. Geoffrey Gorer.

CLUES TO SUICIDE. Farberow. 1957. 228 pp. 25 PB. Brilliant & still important early classic of modern Suicidology,including the famous study of suicide notes (comparing real & simulated notes);suicide &age,as a magical act (Wahl),in general hospital ,in children,and its logic. Highly stimulating. **** 76. A COLLECTION OF AMERICAN EPITAPHS AND INSCRIPTIONS WITH OCCASIONAL NOTES. Timothy Alden. Arno Press, New York. 1976. 5 volumes in 2, 868pp & 584 pp. 00 (1st edition,New York,1814). A major source on early American attitudes to death.

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