Modern Mummies: The Preservation of the Human Body in the Twentieth Century

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McFarland, Apr 1, 1998 - Social Science - 271 pages
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For many, a mummy is an Egyptian pharaoh, wrapped in cloth, found thousands of years later in a pyramid by archaeologists. But mummies need not be ancient. Modern-day mummies can be found under glass in special tombs built in their honor, in private collections where they have come to rest after decades on the carnival circuit, in dissecting rooms of medical schools, and in the basements of funeral homes waiting for decades to be claimed by the next of kin. Stories about the famous (Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Ho Chi Minh, Eva Peron) and the not-so-famous (Leslie Hansell wanted her body mummified to bask in the sun rather than being buried in the cold ground) mummies are told here in great detail, along with a broader look at the history and process of mummification. The book includes a comprehensive study of the successful prolonged preservation of the human body, and delves into the law and science of modern mummification.
 

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I am Sharon Viedma Aguilar, and my collection was IN NO PART ever confiscated by the coroners office. If they have said that, they are liars! The collection has been moved out of the state. As far as not being used as a teaching device, and for tittilation only, what about Ripleys believe it or not. Give me a break!! 

Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
The History Law and Science of Modern Mummification
5
Icons Idols and Eccentrics
27
Outlaws Victims and Local Folks
59
Teaching Aids Test Subjects and Teratology Specimens
103
Emulations Innovations and Applications
133
Adventurers Explorers and a Spelunker
167
Servants Patriarchs and Believers
195
Eviction Collection and Neglect
217
9 Conclusion
247
Bibliography
253
Index
259
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Christine Quigley writes books and articles, reviews books for Fortean Times, and adds daily posts to her eclectic blog at Quigley's Cabinet. She lives in Florida.

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