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  Death (Wellcome Trust)
 Greeks erect buildings for the dying c. -430
 
 Romans give soldiers free burial in army recruitment drive c. -20 Roman cremation
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 Romans take a lenient view over suicide c. 50 Seneca committing suicide in a bath
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 Christianity teaches the 'Art of Dying' c. 1200 The death of Dick Whittington
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 First public dissection of a human body in Christendom c. 1315 Mondino de' Luzzi dissecting at Bologna, c. 1315
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 Death from illness seen as a sign of God's displeasure c. 1400 Christ throwing pestilential arrows
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 Reformation dispenses with Purgatory c. 1550 Purgatory
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 Suicides buried with stakes through the heart c. 1600 Woman preparing to stab herself
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 Harvey dissects body of supposed 152-year-old 1635 William Harvey dissecting the body of Thomas Parr
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 Acts of Burial in Woollen passed 1666 Burial of a corpse wrapped in linen
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 Judges permitted to sentence murderers to death and dissection 1752 Public execution, Spain
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 Royal Humane Society founded 1774 Man brought ashore, apparently drowned
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 Dr Guillotin favours humane capital punishment 1789 Marie Antoinette kneeling before the guillotine, 1793
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 Undertakers set up shop on British high streets c. 1800 The undertaker's visit
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 Autopsies become routine c. 1810 ‘Rest in peace'
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 Fear of premature burial hits epidemic proportions 1832 ‘The precipitate burial'
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 Anaesthesia regarded as 'controlled death' c. 1847 Experiment with suspended animation
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 Working-class parents accused of murdering their children c. 1850 Babies watched by Death
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 Laws against suicide repealed in UK 1870 Gin-mad girl throws herself from a bridge
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 Cremation introduced in Britain 1885 William Price of Llantrisant
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 Pavlov experiments on dogs 1900 Five experimental dogs in Pavlov's laboratory
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 Saunders founds hospice movement 1967 Hospice care
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 Brain death defined 1977 Resuscitation
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 Euthanasia legalized in Netherlands 2000 ‘The right to choose a merciful death'
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