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Wickes, Stephen.
Sepulture: Its History, Methods and Sanitary Requisites.

Philadelphia P. Blakiston, Son & Co.: 1884.

A survey of burial and its history, written by an eminent New Jersey physician. Wickes begins with a history of ancient burial to show, as he says, that "in this our day of light and of the knowledge of nature's laws, we are still cherishing in our methods of internment customs born and fostered in the dark ages". Dr Wickes covers burial among the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Persians, moves to Native American burials, and early Christian burial, and then gets to the heart of the matter, with chapters devoted to animal putrescence malignant disease from one corpse saturated soil of a graveyard disturbed intra-mural internment in the United States yellow fever Asiatic cholera pestilence (you knew he was going to get to that, eh?) rural cemeteries coffins for the dead and country graveyards. Dr. Wickes was the President of the Medical Society of New Jersey and rescued and preserved the Society's early papers, as well as authoring several books on the history of medicine.

Hardcover. 6.25"x9.5", 156 pages plus a 48-page catalog of Blakiston books. Publisher's original black cloth covers with gilt spine title covers with light wear, but overall a very nice copy.

Inventory #: 9611
Price: $ 175.00      

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