Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Robert Kastenbaum
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  • ISBN-10: 0028658817
  • ISBN-13: 9780028658810
  • DDC: 306.903
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade - College Senior
  • 1071 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2002 | Published/Released November 2003
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2002

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Covering all aspects of death and dying -- biological, medical, social, sociological, psychological, religious, and philosophical -- the 2-vol. Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying also provides a deep historical and cross-cultural perspective through the ages. More than 400 entries cover AIDS, children, cremation, communication with the dead, grief and mourning across cultures, genocide, life-expectancy, widows, and much more. Also includes an appendix providing general overviews and contact information for nearly 80 organizations, 150 illustrations, and a comprehensive index.

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    ISBN-10: 002865689X | ISBN-13: 9780028656892


"Different cultures approach death differently. ...These differences in custom, attitudes, place, time and culture are largely the subject of this wide-ranging interdisciplinary encyclopedia. Veteran scholar, gerontologist and psychologist Robert Kastenbaum leads a distinguished team of academic experts and care providers in creating a comprehensive, cross-cultural guide to the many facets of death in contemporary life. The focus is not simply funeral customs and burial practices, but the many ways that the ideas of death and dying intrude on everyday experience, from the AIDS epidemic to violence on television. These images, be they of body bags, celebrity suicides, famine, terrorist attacks or war, shape the attitudes of people and nations, and define approaches to both life and death. By extension, the forms in which death visited countries in the past shape our experience today. Thus, the coverage of this encyclopedia extends from the Black Death and killer influenza epidemics of the past to the leading causes of death today. The means, rites and methods that people have used to mark this passage are studied, from the ancient mummies of Egypt to virtual memorials on the World Wide Web. The belief systems and teachings of most major religions are examined, as well as expressions of grief and factors affecting suicide. The 327 articles include end-of-life issues ranging from hospices, life support systems and pain management, to inheritance, wills and widows. ... The result is an outstanding, provocative guide that will serve both public and academic libraries well. " -- Lawrence Looks at Books (October 2002)

— Lawrence Looks at Books

"This new encyclopedia from Macmillan offers another option in the popular field of death reference works. The 327 signed entries, written by scholars and expert care providers, range in length from a few paragraphs to several pages. The focus of the entries is on exploring the place of death in contemporary society, although the encyclopedia also aims to provide a historical perspective of death and dying through the ages. ... The Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying is written in language suitable for the general reader and is recommended for academic and large public libraries." -- Booklist (Febraury 2003)

— Booklist

"In this two-volume set, noted scholar Kastenbaum strives to present a multidisciplinary and multicultural view of death ... . The result is a major resource, more complete and better organized than 2001's Encyclopedia of Death and Dying by Howarth and Leaman. The articles touch on many different cultural traditions .... The content can be easily accessed through a very complete and useful 78-page index. An appendix provides information about 75 organizations, and the 150 black-and-white images are relevant and valuable. Highly recommended." -- Library Journal (April 2003)

— Library Journal

"Macmillan offers contemporary perspectives on psychosocial issues--abortion, assassination, children and media violence, euthanasia, firearms, serial killers, several aspects of suicide--and also covers pain management, resuscitation, cancer, and stroke. The sections on bereavement and grief counseling are up-to-date, incorporating new research about psychological consequences of grief. Contemporary scholars, including non-US authors, have written many of the articles. The bibliographies are current and cite key works. In the tradition of Macmillan reference books, the index is extensive, and the format of the set makes it easy to use. An excellent source for both undergraduates and graduate students; recommended for all health profession and academic library collections." -- Choice (February 2003)

— Choice

"The stark title of this set masks the breadth of fascinating entries found within the sturdy somber covers. ... One finds the expected...; but also the unexpected: British royalty, rock music and suicide, omens, Waco, cannibalism, cell death, Elvis sightings, nuclear destruction, Theodosian Code, zombies, and more. ... Along with high-quality, accessible-content and easy-to-read typeface and layout, the thirty page appendix of information about relevant organizations and publications provides descriptions, a bit of history, and contract addresses and Web sites. Great care appears to have been taken in developing a deep index. It is approximately eighty pages.... Based on the content, depth of indexing, and production quality of the encyclopedia, I recommend it to all libraries." -- Reference and User Services Quarterly (Spring 2003)

— Reference and User Services Quarterly (ALA)