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 ABOUT THE AUTHOR  Kenneth V. Iserson, M.D., MBA, FACEP, is a Professor of Surgery and Director of the Arizona Bioethics Program at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, AZ. He practices emergency medicine and is the medical director of southern Arizona's major search and rescue operation. Although Dr. Iserson treats dying patients, counsels professionals and families about sudden death, and has been in medicine for more than twenty years, he found that he had large gaps in his knowledge about what happened to dead bodies--and was initially stymied in his attempt to get more information. This book is the result of his investigations. 
 DEATH TO DUST: What Happens to Dead Bodies? by Kenneth V. Iserson, M.D. Tucson: Galen Press, 1994. 709 pp.  Death to Dust answers the many questions that everyone--professional and layman alike--wants to ask. What really does happen to a body after death? What does our culture do with corpses and what have other cultures done? How does a body turn into dust? What happens in embalming, cremation, cryogenic preservation, autopsies, organ donation, anatomical dissection, burials, and funerals? How do we transport bodies and what does a medical examiner really do? How about the more bizarre uses for corpses, such as cannibalism, body snatching, use in secret rites, research, and religious ceremonies? This book describes individual and societal experiences, drawing not only fromt he medical sciences, but also from the arcane and secretive world of the funeral industry. We rarely speak about death--because it is the pornography of our culture and we know so little about it. This book sheds some light into dark corners of our society and proves that, once again, truth is stranger than fiction. *Death to Dust* convincingly argues the case for donating your organs and tissues when you no longer occupy your body. "I was very impressed by the information I learned that theyd on't teach you in mortuary school. In my opinion, this book should be a requirement in all mortuary and medical schools." --Howard Belkoff, Funeral Director "This book is *too icky* for the reading public." --New York editorial group "This book is a unique resource in death education, for both health professionals and laypersons. &Death to Dust* unveils the mysteries and secrets of after-death activities. It turns the unknown into the known in an easily understood format." --Kyle Nash, Executive Director, Death Education in Medicine "Masterly crafted. Dr. Iserson adroitly answers questions that remain hard for many to even formulate about what happens to dead bodies. His style of weaving historical, legal, physiological, and religious facts into one cloth is truly remarkable." --Bruce White, D.O., J.D., Bioethicist-Pediatrician "My 78-year-old mother, fascinated by the title, grabbed the book as soon as I got it, and started reading madly. The next thing I knew, she was on the phone with her 80-year-old friends, giggling like a young girl as she told them all about the book. She absolutely loved the book and couldn't put it down." --Kathryn Coe, Ph.D., Anthropologist By ordering the book with our form, you ensure that GriefNet will receive 
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 Special Report: AFTER-DEATH PLANNING adapted from *Death to Dust: What Happens to Dead Bodies?* by Kenneth V. Iserson, M.D.  This 8-page pamphlet serves as instructions for those planning after-death rites, as well as a convenient discussion guide through which individuals can broach an often difficult subject with their loved ones. YOU don't have a problem with how people dispose of your body when you're dead. That's someone else's problem, isn't it? Give them a break! Let them know whether you want cremation or burial, a formal funeral or a simpler memorial service, who you want to attend, and what preparations you have already made. Do you want to donate organs, tissues, or your whole body? If you don't tell your loved ones that you want to donate, your organs and tissues may end up buried or cremated. Don't make them guess at answers while they grieve over your loss. Talk to your loved ones about your wishes now. $3 each. By ordering the book with our form, you ensure that GriefNet 
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 About Galen Press Galen of Pergamum (A.D. 130-201), the Greek physician whose writings guided medicine for more than a millennium after his death, inspired the name, Galen Press. As the father of modern anatomy and physiology, Galen wrote more than one hundred treatises while attempting to change medicine from an art form into a science. As practicing physician, Galen first ministered to gladiators and then to Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Far more than Hippocrates, Galen's work influenced Western physicians, and was the "truth" until the late Middle Ages when physicians and scientists challenged his teachings. Galen press, publishing non-clinical, health-related books, will follow Galen's advice that "the chief merit of language is clearness...nothing detracts so much from this as unfamiliar terms." 
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