Science: Preservation

Not since the High Priests of Thebes labored lovingly over the corpses of Libyan Pharaohs has there been such big news in the embalming business. In Manhattan last week, Dr. Carlos José Rodriguez Fernández, a Venezuelan dentist, announced that he has concocted "a fluid which will destroy putrefaction from the face of the earth." He has the well-preserved carcasses of a donkey, a dog and a 1,500-lb. horse once ridden by Venezuela's late President Delgado-Chalbaud as mute monuments to his success.

Until he gets a patent, Dr. Rodriguez will only say that his fluid...

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