Embalming: History, Theory, and Practice

Embalming: History, Theory, and Practice

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By (author) Robert G. Mayer

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  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical
  • Format: Hardback | 728 pages
  • Dimensions: 222mm x 285mm x 37mm | 1,774g
  • Publication date: 22 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0071741399
  • ISBN 13: 9780071741392
  • Edition: 5, Revised
  • Edition statement: 5th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 470,541

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The most complete and up-to-date text on the art and science of embalming Sponsored by the American Board of Funeral Service Education Comprehensive and thoroughly updated in this fifth edition, Embalming: History, Theory, and Practice is the leading text in the field. The trusted classic covers the long history of embalming, explains embalming theory, and describes present practice, including the latest trends. Special attention has been given to the creation of a safe working environment -- from the standpoint of ergonomics, personal hygiene, and the use of embalming chemicals. Expanded technical areas of the book will assist you in the preparation of the body for viewing without using standard embalming chemicals. The fifth edition is also enhanced by a full-color 12-page insert demonstrating restorative arts and mortuary cosmetology. Turn to the field's leading text for unmatched coverage of: Legal, social, and technical considerations in embalming Health and regulatory standards Chemicals and methods Specific conditions and causes of death that influence the type of embalming Special cosmetic applications and restorative procedures Preparation of organ and tissue donors Embalming for shipping

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Robert G. Mayer Licensed Embalmer and Funeral Director Pittsburgh, PA Adjunct Professor Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science Pittsburgh, PA With a foreword by John D. Reed, Sr., CFSP, CPC Funeral Director--Embalmer Dodd and Reed Funeral Home Webster Springs, WV Past President--National Funeral Directors Association Brookfield, WI

Table of contents

Foreword Preface Acknowledgments PART I. THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OFEMBALMING Section I: 1. Embalming: Social, Psychological, Ethical, andRegulatory Considerations 2. Fundamentals of Embalming 3. Personal Health and Regulatory Standards 4. The Preparation Room 5. Death--Agonal and Postmortem Changes 6. Embalming Chemicals 7. Use of Embalming Chemicals 8. Anatomical Considerations 9. Embalming Vessel Sites and Selections 10. Embalming Analysis 11. Preparation of the Body Prior to Arterial Injection 12. Injection and Drainage Techniques 13. Distribution and Diffusion of Arterial Solution 14. Cavity Embalming 15. Treatments after Arterial Injection 16. General Body Considerations 17. Preparation of Autopsied Bodies 18. Preparation of Organ and Tissue Donors 19. Delayed Embalming 20. Discolorations 21. Moisture Considerations 22. Vascular Considerations 23. Effect of Drugs on the Embalming Process 24. Selected Conditions 25. Embalming for Delayed Viewing, Re-embalming of the Body, Embalming for Shipping, and Shipped-In Bodies Section II. The Origin and History of Embalming, Edward C. Johnson, Gail R. Johnson, and Melissa Johnson PART II. RESTORATIVE ART AND MORTUARY COSMETOLOGYSection I. Restorative Art Restorative Art--Part 1 Restorative Art--Part 2 Restorative Art--Part 3--Mortuary Cosmetology Section II. History of Modern Restorative Art, Edward C. Johnson, Gail R. Johnson, and Melissa J. Williams PART III. SELECTED READINGS AND GLOSSARY SECTION I. Selected Readings Summary of Guidelines Submitted to OSHA from the National Funeral Directors Association Committee on Infectious Disease (Summer, 1989) Armed Services Specification for Mortuary Services (Care of Remains of Deceased Personnel and Regular and Port of Entry Requirements for Caskets and Shipping Cases). Appendix D, Federal Acquisition Regulation AR 638-2.9, February 1996 Identification: An Essential Part of What We Do The Mathematics of Embalming Chemistry: Part I. A Critical Evaluation of "One-Bottle" Embalming Chemical Claims The Measurement of Formaldehyde Retention in the Tissues of Embalmed Bodies The Two-Year Fix: Long-Term Preservation for Delayed Viewing Occupational Exposure to Formaldehyde in Mortuaries The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Formaldehyde (Is It Good or Is It Evil?) The Preparation Room: Ventilation Risk of Infection and Tracking Work-related Infectious Diseases in the Funeral Industry Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: A Comprehensive Guide for Healthcare Personnel, Section 3--Information for Embalmers Hepatitis from A to G The Increase in MRSA and VRE The Antimicrobial Activity of Embalming Chemicals and Topical Disinfectants on the Microbial Flora of Human Remains The Microbiologic Evaluation and Enumeration of Postmortem Specimens from Human Remains Professional Hair Care for Human Remains Fountain's Method of Management Techniques for the Eyes Enhance Emaciated Features Arterially Using Split Injection and Restricted Drainage Embalming--United Kingdom and European The Art of Embalming and its Purpose Section II. Glossary Index