Science: Heart Burial

From England, where antiquarians ponder over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, Heart Burial* a new tome, reached the U. S. last week. The author, Charles Angell Bradford, concerns himself primarily with hearts given special burial in the London district. Besides that, he tries anthropologically to link the faded fad with the canopic burials of viscera in ancient Egypt.

The customs had different logics. Egyptians believed that the preservation of a man's identity required the preservation of the entire body. Because the viscera were difficult to preserve in situ the...

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