Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The A-Z of Death and Dying: Social, Medical, and Cultural Aspects

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The A-Z of Death and Dying: Social, Medical, and Cultural Aspects

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The A-Z of Death and Dying: Social, Medical, and Cultural Aspects. Ed. by Michael Brennan. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2014. 442 p. acid free $89 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-03437). E-book available (978-1-4408-0344-4), call for pricing.

The A-Z of Death and Dying: Social, Medical, and Cultural Aspects fills a gap in thanatology encyclopedias since 2009's Encyclopedia of Death and the Human Experience (SAGE) and Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying (Macmillan Reference, 2003).

The A-Z of Death and Dying: Social, Medical, and Cultural Aspects focuses on topics related to social, medical, and cultural aspects of the study of death, as the title implies. Articles are varied and include topics such as cults, domestic violence, embalming, terrorism, Alzheimer's disease, art and literature, medicalization, palliative care, religion, sex and death, superstitions, and zombies. There are 189 encyclopedic articles, which are arranged alphabetically in one volume. The work includes a table of contents and an index. Article lengths range from half pages to three pages but average about one page. …

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