Buy Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear New Ed by Jan Bondeson (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low. Jan Bondeson. · Rating details · ratings · 56 reviews. Readers of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales—just think of The Premature Burial—may comfort themselves. With over fifty illustrations, Buried Alive explores the medicine, folklore, history, “Bondeson weaves a strange disturbing, and weirdly enthralling tale.

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And he includes a perfect anonymous limerick: The gravedigger or immoral steward who helped bury her co This book is telling the tale of bonceson how often people really got buried alive before all of our fancy gadgetry announced brain death. Overall, while I found the recurrence of silly burial stories and many of the same facts a bit tedious at times, this was still an engaging read.

The bulk of the text deals with the period from — in Europe and America, years that correspond with the development of Western medicine as we know it. Apparently Bondeson has read everything in the world.


I was fascinated and yet disgusted by the history burled Germany’s “death houses”. The amount of repetition was extraordinary, almost mind boggling at times.

Dec 06, Jen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Jan Bondeson, a physician, holds a Ph. Jan 22, Tiffy Boom rated it did not like it.

This happened many times over and I got a bit bored. However, bonveson very academic writing style made absorbing some of the text more of a task than a pleasure, though I have no doubt this is an exceedingly well-researched book.


A cracking good read, and highly recommended! Alfred Nobel insisted that special measures be taken to ensure that he really had succumbed to the final antagonist. It is understandable that a lot of the history behind premature burial is the same decade to decade and even century to century, but the way it is displayed in this book makes the timeline confusing a lot of the names and dates start to sound the same after a while and make me feel like the content could have been boiled down a bit.

Open Preview See a Problem? Buy the selected items together This item: Customers who bought this item also bought. Be the first to discover new talent! This book brings those fears to light with real tales from those who unfortunately didn’t live to retell the tale.

Oct 16, Kirsten rated it really liked it Shelves: Perhaps one day i will win the battle of attrition that rises from reading this book, although after finishing Bondeson’s ‘Cabinet of Medical Curiousities’, i am thinking this is trench warfare.

It was speculated, from the number of skeletons found in bonddson, contorted positions inside their coffins, that ten out of every one hundred people were buried before they were dead. The anecdotes here are priceless. He follows the history of premature interment up to the present day yes, Virginia, cases of premature burial still occurand one digressive chapter deals with the depiction of premature burial in art particularly books and movies from Edgar Allan Poe to Roger Corman.


Aug 25, Bri rated it it was ok.

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Some of these items ship sooner than the others. I also was a bit disappointed that the author didn’t make it more clear which stories were actually somewhat credible and which were complete fabrications.

But such stories filled medical journals as well as fiction, and fear in the populace was high. On this theme, the horrific Dutch film Spoorlos was remade in the U. Never miss an issue! Cremation never sounded so good. According to the Hippocratic medical ethics, a doctor should then forecast the impending demise, collect his hfee, and withdraw from the case.

It seems it wasn’t unheard of for individuals to revive while being prepared for burial, which of course led to fears of people reviving AFTER burial. Once you began to look like a rotting Halloween pumpkin and smelled like, well, a really dead body, your family felt that it was time to dig the grave and drop you in.