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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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The content would have been more enjoyable if it wasn’t so repetitive. It makes one look at a stethoscope in a different light.


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. Chapters five and six deal with the rather morbid technologies that sprang up as a result of rampant fear of premature burial.

May 16, Melissa rated it really liked it. Literary and cinematic treatments of this medical conundrum are discussed as well. One person found this helpful. Apr 29, David rated it it was amazing.

That is oneday I don’t want to live to see.

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Bondeson then moves back into tales of live burials, or near-live burials. The gravedigger or immoral steward who helped bury her covets said shiny things and goes back after everyone leaves to steal them.


To wake up in total darkness laive realize no one can hear you. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Paperbackpages.

There’s a reoccurring cultural and literary myth Europe especially from the ‘s called ‘The Lady and the Ring’. A Butied of the Revolution Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. 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.

In almost every single section we continuously have more fairy tales of premature burial heaped upon us.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Alfred Nobel insisted that special measures be taken to ensure that he really had succumbed to the final antagonist. Reading from here forward without the expectation of humor and maybe it will surprise me.

Was very dry and not educational. Suprisingly dull for the subject matter and somewhat repetitive as well. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Past instances of premature burials, as they’re called, happened probably more often when there have been plagues and people don’t want germy corpses hanging around, or when people have been buried without a doctor being consulted.

To ask other readers questions about Buried Aliveplease sign up. Some poor sod in China was under for six days. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. A bit gruesome at times, but still buriev interesting, easy read. Showing of 22 reviews. This happened many times over and I got a bit bored.


Perhaps one day i will win the battle of attrition that rises from reading this book, although alvie finishing Bondeson’s ‘Cabinet of Medical Curiousities’, i am thinking this is trench warfare.

This reviewer has become quite claustrophobic, and you couldn’t possibly force him into a cave, or even apive tanning bed. Fascinating and well-researched, but it was a bit dry for my taste.

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

This is all v I enjoyed this cultural history of the fear of being buried alive, the often-foggy definitions of death and methods of determining death through the ages, and the scientific methods developed to ensure that individuals weren’t buried alive. Discovered this title when I was researching the source of the phrase “dead ringer” – which is NOT because buried people taken for dead were ringing bells, as some have speculated.

He finally examines the reasons that observers might assume disinterred corpses had been buried alive, and discredits most of the scare stories. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I’ll save you the trouble of reading the book by telling you t Boooo-ring. Very amusing read for such a macabre subject. Being buried alive did happen on occasion and there were many bondesson calls. Get to Know Us.