You may allot more of your fear time to public speaking or flying or impotence. Buried Alive is a curious work. Jan Bondeson is a physician specializing in rheumatology and internal medicine at a research institution in London. He is also a historian of the quirky byways of medicine and related fields. The subtitle applies equally well to the new book. Apparently Bondeson has read everything in the world.
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Career[ edit ] Bondeson attended medical school at Lund University, Sweden, and qualified in He became a specialist in rheumatology and internal medicine, and defended his PhD thesis in He was awarded several scholarships to continue his scientific career at the renowned Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology in London.
He became a pioneer of the experimental use of adenoviral gene transfer to study intracellular signalling, and investigate the regulation of important cytokines and matrix metalloproteinases. In , he was promoted to become senior lecturer and consultant rheumatologist at Cardiff University, doing a mixture of clinical work, teaching and research. Here, his research has concentrated on the role of synovial macrophages in osteoarthritis , and regulation of degradative enzymes in this disease.
Bondeson has more than a hundred publications in refereed scientific journals, and continuing research grant support from Arthritis Research UK. Writing[ edit ] Bondeson has also written a series of books in the areas of the history of medicine and zoology, and some studies about curious historical episodes.
His Cabinet of Medical Curiosities was published in Buried Alive, a historical study of the signs of death and the risk of being prematurely buried by mistake, was supported by a scholarship from the Wellcome Trust. The London Monster tells of a series of stabbings of London women between and In , Bondeson published Amazing Dogs, a cabinet of canine curiosities exemplifying the cultural history of dogs.
Remarkably, these beliefs were shared by some of the Nazis, who made experiments to create superdogs loyal to the Nazi Herrenvolk. In , he published Those Amazing Newfoundland Dogs, a full-length cultural history of the Newfoundland breed, with a profusion of old illustrations. The following year, his Murder Houses of London marked historical murders. In February , his Rivals of the Ripper was a full-length study of unsolved murders of women in London during the late Victorian era.
The most notable chapter deals with a string of unsolved murders of young girls in the West Ham area in the s and s, raising the possibility that a serial killer had been at work. In August , he published Strange Victoriana, a collection of medical freaks, ghosts, strange animals, mysteries and Forteana from Victorian times, with illustrations from the old periodical Illustrated Police News.
In January he produced The Ripper of Waterloo Road, about the murder of Eliza Grimwood in , suggesting that she was one of four victims of a previously unrecognized early Victorian serial killer. In December came Victorian Murders, a collection of murder stories with illustrations from the Illustrated Police News, including the Llangibby Massacre of and the unsolved murder of Ann Reville in Slough in In March he published The Lion Boy and Other Medical Curiosities, his third book of strange and unexpected events in the history of medicine.
One chapter concerns Johnny Trunley, an example of extreme obesity in Edwardian times, known as the Fat Boy of Peckham. Dutch translation. Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian translations. Spanish translation. Chinese translation. Da Capo Press paperback German, Dutch and Spanish translations.
Japanese and Portuguese translations. Danish translation. Thai translation. Italian translation. Rivals of the Ripper, History Press Victorian Murders, Amberley Pub
Ive never been bothered by the idea. While it isnt touched upon in the book, embalming, which I am fairly knowledgeable about, pretty much puts to rest any chance of being buried alive, at least in this country. Perhaps it is that lack of fear concerning premature burial that made me so interesting in reading this book in the first place. Now, I dont review or read nonfiction very often. The book is divided into twelve chapters. The first two deal mainly with different reports, stories, and myths surrounding cases of premature burial throughout history.
It makes one look at a stethoscope in a different light. Would you like aliive tell us about a lower price? Apr 11, Cara rated it really liked it. I read a review that led me to believe this book was hilarious. Bondeson even finds a buried-alive story by Cornell Woolrich, the man bindeson wrote Rear Window. But such stories filled medical journals as well as fiction, and fear in the populace All in all, to the curious, I recommend this one. The book shows many pictures of the various ingenuous and sometimes downright impractical bonddeson that were invented for the purpose.