Category Archives: Death

DEATH: An Introduction

from the Editors In his essay, ‘A Hanging’, George Orwell looks on as a condemned man is led to his execution: It was about forty yards to the gallows. I watched the bare brown back of 
the prisoner marching in

DEATH: An Introduction

from the Editors In his essay, ‘A Hanging’, George Orwell looks on as a condemned man is led to his execution: It was about forty yards to the gallows. I watched the bare brown back of 
the prisoner marching in

PREVENTION: Avoiding Death

By Kristen Keerma Friedman            Why is it so difficult to write about the history of death? Everyone in history is dead. Choose any character! And what is more interesting to historians of medicine than stories about preventing that thing

PREVENTION: Avoiding Death

By Kristen Keerma Friedman            Why is it so difficult to write about the history of death? Everyone in history is dead. Choose any character! And what is more interesting to historians of medicine than stories about preventing that thing

Death Stare

By Lisa Haushofer The beautiful and the eerie coexist uneasily in the preservation of dead objects. It is a paradox that immediately comes to mind on entering the Hunterian Museum of London. Rows upon rows of brightly lit and well-ordered

Death Stare

By Lisa Haushofer The beautiful and the eerie coexist uneasily in the preservation of dead objects. It is a paradox that immediately comes to mind on entering the Hunterian Museum of London. Rows upon rows of brightly lit and well-ordered

IMAGING: Rex Morgan MD

By Daniel Gross Just before Christmas in 1950, Nurse Jan tried to kill her father. He was dying of a painful illness, so she injected him with five times the recommended dose of narcotic. A letter to the Washington Post

IMAGING: Rex Morgan MD

By Daniel Gross Just before Christmas in 1950, Nurse Jan tried to kill her father. He was dying of a painful illness, so she injected him with five times the recommended dose of narcotic. A letter to the Washington Post

Disposing the dead: The cremation debate in the 19th century

By Lisa Haushofer In her insightful book, “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War,” Drew Faust shows how the Civil War forever changed America’s experience of death. Never before had the country seen such a large fatality

Disposing the dead: The cremation debate in the 19th century

By Lisa Haushofer In her insightful book, “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War,” Drew Faust shows how the Civil War forever changed America’s experience of death. Never before had the country seen such a large fatality

On Assisted Dying

By Kate Womersley One of Britain’s foremost polymaths, Raymond Tallis is a vocal supporter in the campaign for assisted dying to be legalized in the UK. He has a uniquely broad perspective on this issue as a medical doctor (specializing

On Assisted Dying

By Kate Womersley One of Britain’s foremost polymaths, Raymond Tallis is a vocal supporter in the campaign for assisted dying to be legalized in the UK. He has a uniquely broad perspective on this issue as a medical doctor (specializing

SPECIMEN: Memento Mori

by Cara Kiernan Fallon The story of Lazarus and the Rich Man goes that a poor beggar, Lazarus, is laid at the gate of a rich man. He is covered in sores and longs to eat the scraps off the

SPECIMEN: Memento Mori

by Cara Kiernan Fallon The story of Lazarus and the Rich Man goes that a poor beggar, Lazarus, is laid at the gate of a rich man. He is covered in sores and longs to eat the scraps off the

DIAGNOSIS: Death: A Self-Portrait

by Kate Womersley   Death famously has no face, but in a recently exhibited portrait, it has two. Last year at London’s Tate Modern, Damien Hirst displayed ‘With Dead Head’ (1991) as part of his career retrospective. In the dissection

DIAGNOSIS: Death: A Self-Portrait

by Kate Womersley   Death famously has no face, but in a recently exhibited portrait, it has two. Last year at London’s Tate Modern, Damien Hirst displayed ‘With Dead Head’ (1991) as part of his career retrospective. In the dissection

EXAMINATION: Death and Dying during the American Civil War: Drew Faust at the Countway Library of Medicine

by Lisa Haushofer Some of us would claim not to be frightened of death, but would admit to concern about the end of life. This anxiety, Drew Faust explains in front of a packed Carl Walter Amphitheater on December 13,

EXAMINATION: Death and Dying during the American Civil War: Drew Faust at the Countway Library of Medicine

by Lisa Haushofer Some of us would claim not to be frightened of death, but would admit to concern about the end of life. This anxiety, Drew Faust explains in front of a packed Carl Walter Amphitheater on December 13,

‘Suicide tourism in Europe’: fiction and fact

by Ellen von Reuler Those familiar with Ian McEwan’s 1998 Booker prize winning novel Amsterdam might expect that top of the list of ‘suicide tourism’ destinations is the Netherlands. Ian McEwan’s book, Julian and Vernon meet at the funeral of

‘Suicide tourism in Europe’: fiction and fact

by Ellen von Reuler Those familiar with Ian McEwan’s 1998 Booker prize winning novel Amsterdam might expect that top of the list of ‘suicide tourism’ destinations is the Netherlands. Ian McEwan’s book, Julian and Vernon meet at the funeral of