Duck Duck Book

1 – celebrity death certificates
06.13.2004, 12:02 am
Filed under: history & geography

Celebrity death certificates.
McFarland, c2003.
[MCL call number: 920.02 C392d 2003; two copies, no holds]

Okay, this is a really weird book.  Trying to think of practical uses for it, I can only imagine very specific and very strange things.  It contains just what it sounds like it contains, facsimiles of the death certificates of celebrities.  The facsimiles are followed by a brief, one-paragraph biography each celebrity.  Most are actors or film people: Walt Disney, Jimmy Durante, Jean Harlow, Gypsy Rose Lee, Barbara Stanwyck, Sharon Tate, Frank Zappa, etc.

The weirdest thing, I think, is looking at the medico-lingo for causes of death.  There’s lots of “acute respiratory infection,” “gunshot wound of head” (and one “cerebral destruction due to gunshot wound to head”), “cardiopulmonary arrest,” and some “cerebral thrombosis.”


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