Buried Alive by Jan Bondeson
The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear

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Explores the medicine, folklore,history and literature of Europe and the US to uncover why the fear of being buried alive arose, and whether this fear was warranted. The author looks at various devices to ensure escape if indeed someone was buried alive, and questions whether our modern criteria are truly reliable.

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Jan Bondeson, M.D., also holds a Ph.D. in experimental medicine. He is the author of "A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities" & other works.
Published January 1, 2001 by Barnes & Noble. 320 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Westerns, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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He follows the history of premature interment up to the present day (yes, Virginia, cases of premature burial still occur), and one digressive chapter deals with the depiction of premature burial in art (particularly books and movies) from Edgar Allan Poe to Roger Corman.

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Hundreds of stories about people being discovered buried alive circulated in medical journals, literature (from the medieval Decameron to Edgar Allan Poe) and popular lore.

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Trawling the public domain not long ago, I was excited to come across William Tebb’s Premature Burial and How It May Be Prevented, With Special Reference to Trance, Catalepsy, and Other Forms of Suspended Animation, published in 1896, the same year its author cofounded the London Association for ...

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