Dying is a social as well as physiological phenomenon. Each society characterizes and, consequently, treats death and dying in its own individual ways—ways that differ markedly. These particular patterns of death and dying engender modal cultural responses, and such institutionalized behavior has familiar, economical, educational, religious, and political implications. The Handbook of Death and Dying takes stock of the vast literature in the field.

The Iceman Cometh: The Cryonics Movement and Frozen Immortality

The Iceman Cometh: The cryonics movement and frozen immortality

This reprinted article was first published 30 years ago, but the information contained in it is as relevant today as it was then. The essay is, essentially, a social history of cryonics. Nothing has occurred that has significantly altered the information presented in the article. The techniques and procedures of cryonics are still approximately the same. The inherent problems and criticisms still exist. The marginality of cryonics as a mode of body disposition largely remains the same. What ...

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