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Medical History Society of New Jersey

MHSNJ Presents Something at the Coffin is Knocking: Social Implications of Premature Burial in Enlightenment England

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom

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On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, Nicole Salomone, MA will present "Something at the Coffin is Knocking: Social Implications of Premature Burial in Enlightenment England."

During the eighteenth century, the definition of death was rather ambiguous. Understood as 'the opposite of life,' this generalized definition played against the still budding revelations of anatomy and physiology to create a world where death was considered to be a fluid state. Even as prominent British physicians, surgeons, and anatomists studied how the human body worked and how it died, stories were reported about people being misdiagnosed as dead and suffering the consequences. This talk will explore these stories of misdiagnosed death and how the medical community and public responded.

Nicole is currently serving as the Secretary and Webmaster of the MHSNJ.


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