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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mortality and its Timings: When is Death?

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Book Series: Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife ISBN: 9781137583277 9781137583284 Year: Pages: 167 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58328-4 Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Subject: Medicine (General)
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This volume provides a series of illuminating perspectives on the timings of death, through in-depth studies of Shakespearean tragedy, criminal execution, embalming practices, fears of premature burial, rumours of Adolf Hitler’s survival, and the legal concept of brain death. In doing so, it explores a number of questions, including: how do we know if someone is dead or not? What do people experience at the moment when they die? Is death simply a biological event that comes about in temporal stages of decomposition, or is it a social event defined through cultures, practices, and commemorations? In other words, when exactly is death? Taken together, these contributions explore how death emerges in a series of stages that are uncertain, paradoxical, and socially contested.

Living with Disfigurement in Early Medieval Europe

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Book Series: The New Middle Ages ISBN: 9781349950737 9781137544391 Year: Pages: 282 DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-54439-1 Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Subject: History
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This book examines social and medical responses to the disfigured face in early medieval Europe, arguing that the study of head and facial injuries can offer a new contribution to the history of early medieval medicine and culture, as well as exploring the language of violence and social interactions. Despite the prevalence of warfare and conflict in early medieval society, and a veritable industry of medieval historians studying it, there has in fact been very little attention paid to the subject of head wounds and facial damage in the course of war and/or punitive justice. The impact of acquired disfigurement —for the individual, and for her or his family and community—is barely registered, and only recently has there been any attempt to explore the question of how damaged tissue and bone might be treated medically or surgically. In the wake of new work on disability and the emotions in the medieval period, this study documents how acquired disfigurement is recorded across different geographical and chronological contexts in the period.

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