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Pratiques médicales, pratiques sociales autour du corps embaumé dans l’Espagne du XIXe siècle

Abstract : As everywhere in western Europe, embalming developed in Spain in the 19th century in connection with new injection techniques that made it possible to preserve bodies indefinitely. The article examines the impact of the development of embalming: on burial practices but also on the economy, with the birth of a new death market. The players in this market are identified: the state, which is trying to regulate it; doctors, who are putting their knowledge of thanatopraxy at the service of society; and finally, users. The social practices that arise from the possibility of preserving bodies indefinitely are highlighted through the example of Dr. Velasco’s daughter whose corpse was mummified. From a death-history perspective, the article shows how the embalming technique promotes the circulation of bodies and how embalmed corpses become the object of a cult for families.
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Isabelle Renaudet. Pratiques médicales, pratiques sociales autour du corps embaumé dans l’Espagne du XIXe siècle. Histoire, médecine et santé, Éditions Méridiennes, 2019, 16, pp.19-40. ⟨10.4000/hms.2456⟩. ⟨hal-03557751⟩

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