Earth-Burial and Cremation; The History of Earth-Burial with Its Attendant Evils, and the Advantages Offered by Cremation

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 68 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1892 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II. The Conditions Surrounding Graveyards.--Physicians Favoring Cremation.--The Suburban Cemeteries on Long Island, N. Y.--Increase in the Population of New York and Brooklyn, and the Annual Number of Deaths.--Rapid and Proportionate Growth of the Cities of the Living and the Dead.--The Injuries Inflicted by Cemeteries on Newtown, L. I.--The Danger that Threatens the Springs.--The Plymouth Epidemic.--The Contamination of the Drinking-Water of Philadelphia.--Views of Physicians on these and Kindred Subjects.--Epidemics of Typhoid Fever and Diphtheria Occasioned by the Pollution of Water by Cemeteries. On investigating the condition of graveyards, all the tender sentiments clustering around the tomb are quickly dispelled, and a state of things horrible in its nature and dangerous in its effects arrests our attention. These form the strongest arguments in favor of incineration, --arguments indeed conclusive; and those who believe in the practice of earth-burial would seem to be simply ignorant of the result of the custom they advocate. Scores of instances, in cities and in rural districts, both in our own and in foreign lands, confirm the assertion of Dr. Adams, of Massachusetts, that "the Christian churchyard is often a contracted plot of ground in the midst of dwellings, literally packed with bodies until it becomes impossible to dig a grave without disturbing human bones; and the earth so saturated with foul fluids, and the emanations so noxious, as to make each churchyard a focus of disease." Of the one hundred and seventy-one answers received by Dr. Adams, in reply to circulars sent to the regular correspondents of the State Board of Health of Massachusetts, both in the United States and Great Britain, more than one third (sixty-one) gave their tes...

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