Mistress of Death: Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons

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cover56751-mediumFor someone that spends her downtime looking at Postmortem photography on the Thanatos Archive, Stanley B. and Elizabeth Burn’s new book Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons: Medical Photography and Symbolism is an absolute feast for the eyes. With over 400 photographs of skeletons, skulls and medical professionals and instruments from the time period, the pages of this book are filled with the fascinating photographs not usually readily available to the public.

This book is not just visually fascinating, but also provides fun facts like medical professionals often took photographs with skulls somewhere in the picture to symbolize their profession. I don’t know about you, but that seems strange for a profession devoted to preventing the sudden death of an individual due to illness. Stanley Burns provided detailed information, as well as captions for he photographs so that the reader gets a good feel for what they represent.

Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons: Medical Photography and Symbolism is available December 28, 2014 from Schiffer Publishing.

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