Panati's extraordinary endings of practically everything and everybody

Title
Panati's extraordinary endings of practically everything and everybody

Author
Panati, Charles, 1943-

Edition
First edition.

Publication Information
New York : Perennial Library, [1989]
 
©1989

ISBN
9780060159207
 
9780060962791
 
9780060551810

Physical Description
x, 470 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Language
English

Contents
Part I: Last things first -- 1. Death, the ultimate ending: Inhumation to cremation -- Origin of death -- Moment of death -- Brain death -- Inhumation -- Water burial -- Exposure -- Cremation -- Modern cremation -- Embalming -- Modern embalming -- 2. Cemeteries, our last address: Graveyard to memorial park -- Graveyard -- Garden cemetery movement -- Mount Auburn Cemetery -- Laurel Hill Cemetery -- Green-Wood Cemetery -- Forest Lawn Memorial Park -- 3. Wills, our last wishes: Plato to W.C. Fields -- Last will and testament -- Plato -- Aristotle -- Virgil -- William Shakespeare -- Henry VIII -- John Donne -- Peter I, Czar of Russia -- Charles Dickens -- George Bernard Shaw -- Benjamin Franklin -- Napoleon -- Alfred Nobel -- Harry Houdini -- Adolf Hitler -- Kahlil Gibran -- John B. Kelly -- W.C. Fields -- 4. Bequests & Behests of dying presidents: Washington to Hayes -- George Washington -- John Adams -- Thomas Jefferson -- James Madison -- James Monroe -- John Quincy Adams -- Andrew Jackson -- Martin Van Buren -- William Henry Harrison -- John Tyler -- James K. Polk -- Zachary Taylor -- Millard Fillmore -- Franklin Pierce -- James Buchanan -- Abraham Lincoln -- Andrew Johnson -- Ulysses S. Grant -- Rutherford B. Hayes -- 5. Bequests & Behests of dying presidents: Garfield to L.B.J. -- James A. Garfield -- Chester A. Arthur -- Grover Cleveland -- Benjamin Harrison -- William McKinley -- Theodore Roosevelt -- William H. Taft -- Woodrow Wilson -- Warren G. Harding -- Calvin Coolidge -- Herbert Clark Hoover -- Franklin D. Roosevelt -- Harry S. Truman -- Dwight D. Eisenhower -- John F. Kennedy -- Lyndon B. Johnson.
 
Part II: Ways to go -- 6. Capital endings: Crucifixion to lethal injection -- Capital punishment -- Stoning -- Crucifixion -- Pressing -- Drawing and quartering -- Hanging -- Lynching -- Beheading -- Guillotine -- Electric chair -- Gas chamber -- Lethal injection -- 7. Engineered endings: Life-span to obsolescence -- Human life-span -- Sensory obsolescence -- Outward obsolescence -- Memory decline -- Mammalian endings -- Cat -- Dog -- Man-made obsolescence -- 8. Ancient extinctions: Trilobite to Mastodon -- Fossils as evidence -- Cambrian extinction -- Ordovician extinction -- Silurian extinction -- Devonian extinction -- Carboniferous extinction -- Permian extinction -- Triassic extinction -- Jurassic extinction -- Cretaceous extinction -- Dinosaur obituary -- Pleistocene extinction -- 9. Modern extinctions: Dodo to Heath hen -- Dodo -- Aurochs -- Steller's Sea Cow -- Moa -- Great Auk -- Quagga -- Passenger pigeon -- Heath hen -- 10. Decimating disease: Bubonic plague to Spanish flu -- Epidemics -- Bubonic plague -- Bubonic plague of Justinian -- Black Death -- Malaria -- Smallpox -- Syphilis -- Typhoid -- Poliomyelitis -- Tuberculosis -- Influenza, or the Spanish Flu.
 
Part III: Vanished vogues -- 11. Bygone beliefs: Bloodletting to cannibalism -- The hour humors -- Bloodletting -- Purging -- Leeches -- Radical colectomy -- Spontaneous generation -- Infanticide -- Cannibalism -- 12. Past sex practices -- His: Castration to circumcision -- Castration -- Political castration -- Castration as punishment -- Medical castration -- Eunuchs for pleasure -- Sex and the Fall of Rome -- The last eunuch -- Singing castrati -- First superstars -- Last great castrato -- Ritual circumcision -- Medical circumcision and myth -- Circumcision in America -- 13. Past sex practices -- Hers: Sacred prostitution to chastity belt -- Female circumcision -- Modern clitoridectomy -- Marriage-bed virginity -- Surrogate defloration -- Right of the first night -- Sacred prostitution -- Women as second-class human beings -- Virgin cults -- Polygamy -- Polygamy in America -- Chastity belt.
 
Part IV: Thanatographies -- 14. Last agonies of historic figures: Buddha to Casanova -- The Buddha Gautama -- Socrates -- Archimedes -- Cleopatra -- William the Conqueror -- Joan of Arc -- Christopher Columbus -- John Paul Jones -- Giovanni Casanova -- 15. Final farewells of artists and writes: Pepys to Poe -- Samuel Pepys -- Samuel Johnson -- Jane Austen -- Francisco de Goya -- John Keats -- Percy Blysshe Shelley -- Lord Byron -- Ludwig van Beethoven -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning -- Walt Whitman -- Guy de Maupassant -- Robert Louis Stevenson -- Edgar Allan Poe -- 16. Death styles of the rich and renowned: Darwin to Duncan -- Charles Darwin -- Oscar Wilde -- Florence Nightingale -- Rudolph Valentino -- Thomas Edison -- Sigmund Freud -- Mishima -- Isadora Duncan -- 17. Last stands of Wild West legends: Calamity Jane to Buffalo Bill -- Calamity Jane -- Will Bill Hickok -- Billy the Kid -- Tecumseh -- George Armstrong Custer -- Sitting Bull -- Belle Starr -- Kit Carson -- Jesse James -- Buffalo Bill Cody.

Abstract
A compendium of facts and anecdotes about the demise of historic figures, diseases, beliefs, capital endings, and extinctions.

Subject Term
Handbooks, vade-mecums, etc.
 
Curiosities and wonders.

Genre
Handbooks and manuals.
 
Trivia and miscellanea.


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