Book: Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die

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Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die

Author: Michael Largo
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Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

We’re all going to die—it’s in the contract—but how will it happen? Today, although we live longer, people are killed by everything—bad words, bloodletting, flying cows, frozen toilets, hiccups, laughing, and spontaneous combustion are some of the unexpected causes. According to death certificates, in 1700 there were less than one hundred causes of death. Now there are more than three thousand. In the eye-opening and addictive Final Exits, causes of death—bizarre or common—are alphabetically arranged and include actual accounts of people, both famous and ordinary, who died in their own particular way.

Thoroughly researched, with uncanny historical detail covering burial customs, famous last words, and more than four hundred medical and historical illustrations from throughout the ages, Final Exits is more than just a trivia book. It is a portrait in words and numbers of human fate.

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We’re finding new ways to die: In the 18th centuries, experts were able to count less than 100 causes of death. Today, the tally tops 3,000. Potential culprits are everywhere: cell phones, washing machines, lipstick, rare infectious diseases, building materials, even tainted medicine. Michael Largo’s Final Exits catalogues the seemingly countless ways that men and women leave this mortal coil. Skillfully avoiding the macabre, Largo provides fascinating stories and statistics on common and uncommon demises. The book contains numerous sidebars, including a top ten list of causes of death, famous last words, burial customs, and much more. An unavoidable topic treated in the best possible way.

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