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How They Croaked: 09/23/13
How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg looks at the illnesses and ultimate causes of death of nineteen famous people, from Tutankhamen through Albert Einstein. It manages to be an upbeat, and sometimes funny book while discussing a number of disgusting ways to die.
The book spends more time and effort on the earlier examples than the more recent deaths. Albert Einstein, for instance, isn't so much a gruesome death as he is an oddity postmortem. Einstein's brain (as Driving Mr. Albert by Michael Paterniti explains in greater detail) was removed and kept by the medical examiner.
The one takeaway message from the book besides everybody dies is that medicine has improved a great deal in the last few decades.
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