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Dying

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Author(s): Bormuth, Matthias | Henning, Christian | Gestrich, Reinhold
[German Version] I. Biology and Medicine – II. Dogmatics – III. Ethics – IV. Practical Theology I. Biology and Medicine Ancient and medieval medicine was, for the most part, only interested in dying from the point of view of the prognostic signs of death. It was not until the advent of modern science that the determining of the fact of death came to be seen as a medical concern, an interest that was largely stimulated by the discussion over the phenomenon of apparent death in the 18th century. On the diagnostic side, particular attention was paid to livores marks ( livores mortis) and muscu…