To learn more about what happens when burials are delayed, NEWSWEEK’s Catharine Skipp spoke with Dr. Sherwin Nuland, who teaches bioethics and medical history at Yale University School of Medicine and is the author of the 1994 National Book Award winner, “How We Die,” and the soon-to-be-published “The Art of Aging: A Doctor’s Prescription for Well Being.”I thought this quote was particularly savory in answer to the totally stupid question, "What is the danger if the body remains untended?":
Did you ever open a refrigerator that someone turned off two weeks ago and look at the meats?...We are made of the same thing that roadkill is made of--it is a dreadful stench. That is the major reason for not being able to view the body. No matter how much air freshener they put in there, it ain’t gonna help.Just when you thought the media and the national discourse couldn't get any worse, it does.
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