If it’s “ick” one is looking for, there are lovely pictures of a fly laying eggs on animal tissue and an emerging larva. As someone who lowers her voice and clears her throat before she can even say the word “maggot,” I am disproportionately disturbed by these pictures. I have little problem with photos of mummified remains, dying people, bodies on slabs, and a donor heart cradled in a doctor’s hands, but show me fly eggs and I can’t eat rice for a month!
How is it decided who will be autopsied and who won’t? Is there life after death? What about death with dignity? What happens at the Body Farm, and why? All of these questions, and so many more, are answered on the pages of Death. Whether one is mildly curious or considering a career in forensics, pathology, funeral direction, or any of the other areas that deal with the dying and the dead, Death: Corpses, Cadavers, and Other Grave Matters is a worthy introduction that does not bog the reader down in incomprehensible technical details and minutiae.
Bottom Line: Would I buy Death: Corpses, Cadavers, and Other Grave Matters? Yes, it informs without being morbid, explaining the many facets of death in simple, accessible terms.