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The history of natural death is the history of the medicalization of the struggle
against death.4 The Devotional Dance of the Dead From the fourth century
onwards, the Church struggled against a pagan tradition in which crowds, naked,
By 1538 Hans Holbein the Younger15 had published the first picture-book of
death, which was to become a best-seller: woodcuts on the Danse Macabre.16
The dance partners have shed their putrid flesh and turned into naked skeletons.
44 Alfred Scott Warthin, "The Physician of the Dance of Death," Annals of Medical
History (new series) 2 (July 1930): 350-71 ; 2 (September 1930): 453-69; 2 (
November 1930): 697-710; 3 (January 1931): 75-109; 3 (March 1931): 134-65.
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