|"Modern' embalming took hold during the Civil War. Embalmers worked near battlefields to prepare deceased soldiers for shipment back home. The deceased HAD to be preserved because they would become entirely too odiferous during the long journey.
Today, ideas about how the dead should be treated are beginning to change due to concerns about the environmental impact of traditional burial methods. Every method currently used has some environmental impact. The New York Times and New Scientist.com have had some fascinating recent articles on this topic.
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