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The Dead Ringer: Medicine, Poe, and the fear of premature burial.

posted Dec 22, 2010, 6:05 PM by Historia Medicinae Editor   [ updated Feb 14, 2015, 8:45 AM ]

In this newly released article, Christopher Dibble, an MD/PhD student at UNC explores a little discussed topic - the fear of premature burial - that even persists to this day. Although we no longer use safety coffins with escape mechanisms or have bells attached by strings to the fingers of the dead, this article reminds us of the insidious fear of being declared dead, yet not quite so.  This article explores the reasonable explanation for the fear of premature burial, particularly during the time of Edgar Allen Poe.
Read the article here.