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Interment Alive.

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Interment Alive. To the Editor of the County Echo." 0 Sir,-The recent narrow escape at Hapton, near Acerington, Hinckley, and Rochdale demonstrate in a startling manner the perils of premature burial under cur lax and un- scientific laws and customs. If it is possible for the living to be medically certified as dead why should it be impossible for them to be coffined and buried alive ? All these cases for- tunately exhibited signs of life which was detected before interment, but in many in- stances consciousness may not return until after burial, and then no one would, or could know anything about them. Since exhumation occurs so rarely as once in 50,000 interments, S chance is there in this couatry of a case of burial alive being discovered ? A Bill has been drafted by the Association for the pre- vention of premature burial, whose recent meeting was reported in your valuable paper of July 4th, which obliges a medical practitioner to personally verify the f-lct of death, by means of a scientific test, before signing the death certificate. Another provision is the establishment -of waiting mortuaries by local authorities, where the supposed dead may be under medical supervision until resuscitation takes place, or the fact of death is unequivo- cally established. The authors of the valu- able treatise on Premature Burial and How it may be Prevented," (second edition by Walter R Hadwen, M.D., &c.J estimates that the cost of these mortuaries conld be met by a rate of from one farthing to a penny in the pound. They also recommend that systematic medical instruction should be given in all schools of medicine in the phenomena of trance, catalepsy, syncope, and count?r- fects, and that students, should, before receiv- ing medical deplomas and degrees, entitling them to practice their profession, satisfy the examiners of their knowledge of the tests necessary to distinguish apparent from real death, in order to prevent premature burial with its accompanying horrors. If any of your readers are willing to help the philanthropic movement for the prevention of interment alive the writer would be pleased to send them literature on the sucject on receiving a stamped addressed envelope.—Thanking you for your kindly help in this matter in the cause of humanity, Yours &c., JAS. R. WILLIAMSON. 100 Chedington Road, Upper Edmonton, London, N., 23rd July, 1907.

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