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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,
fourteenth century, however, the sense of these dances seems to have changed:
6 from an encounter between the living and those who were already dead, it was
transformed into a meditative, introspective experience. In 1424 the first Dance ...
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.
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The Medicalization of Life
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