Premature Burial: How It May Be Prevented

Premature Burial: How It May Be Prevented


By (author) Walter Hadwen, By (author) William Tebb, By (author) Edward Perry Vollum, Foreword by Jonathan Sale


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  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 120 pages
  • Dimensions: 133mm x 203mm x 13mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 5 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843913801
  • ISBN 13: 9781843913801
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 96,219

Product description

Long out of print, this book was written to reassure the many nineteenth-century people who were apparently worried (to death?) about being buried alive. Indeed, one of the authors himself had a narrow escape, as his collaborator writes: 'Dr. Vollum first became interested in the important question of Premature Burial in consequence of his own very narrow escape from live sepulture, having been pronounced dead from drowning, and prepared for interment, when consciousness happily returned spontaneously.' This edited version of the book extracts the most frightening stories of narrow escapes and living burials from a mass of historical material. Its contents list includes: Animal and So-called Human Hibernation, Narrow Escapes from Premature Burial, Premature Burial of Doubtful Cases, Death-Counterfeits, The Danger of Hasty Burials, Sudden Death, Embalming and Dissections and Count Karnice-Karnicki's Invention.

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Author information

Jonathan Sale is a British journalist and former writer for Punch magazine. Walter Hadwen (1854 - 1932) was a doctor and pharmaceutical chemist. He was also a member of the London Association for the Prevention of Premature Burial, founded in 1896. William Tebb (1830 - 1917) was a British businessman and wide-ranging social reformer. He co-founded the London Association for Prevention of Premature Burial. Edward Perry Vollum was a doctor and was almost buried alive. He finally died in 1902.