Science topics: MedicineForensic AnalysisForensicsThanatology
Thanatology - Science topic
The study of the theory, philosophy, and doctrine of death.
Questions related to Thanatology
Two basic types of reactions were designated by Ernst Kretschmer as "biological radicals": “Totstellreflex” (feigning death) and “Bewegungssturm” (motion storm), published in 1923: "Hysterie, Reflex und Instinkt", Thieme, Leipzig), sometimes also called “hysterical hypokinesis and hyperkinesis” (Svorad, D:.AMA Arch Neur Psych 1957;77(5):533-539).
Thanatosis in spiders and insects, “playing possum, can often work”, serving as a protection strategy and “changing with external or internal conditions”. (Map of Life - University of Cambridge: http://www.mapoflife.org/topics/topic_368), see attachment.
Ich would like to know more about this fascinating phenomenon.
I know there are schools of thanatology and perhaps a few classes at medical schools, but I am looking for courses outside of the religion dep'ts of universities.