Narrow Escapes Within the Funeral Parlor
2024/02/05

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The article "Close shaves in the mortuary" discusses the unusual but not unknown phenomenon of deceased individuals found with close shaves post-mortem. The title refers to instances where hair growth or regrowth is observed on the faces of deceased individuals after death. While it may seem bizarre, scientists have been studying this phenomenon for many years.

Known as "post-mortem hair growth," this phenomenon has been documented since the 19th century. Although it is not a common occurrence, it has been observed in cases where the deceased are found with a smooth face at the time of death, but later display signs of hair growth. Scientifically, this phenomenon is attributed to the drying of the skin, which can cause the hair shafts to retract, making it appear as though there's been post-mortem hair growth.

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However, there have been cases where it is unlikely that the observed hair growth is simply a contraction of the skin. For example, a renowned researcher, Professor Alun Withey, discovered a case where a man who had his beard shaved before his death was found with stubble just days later. This case raises questions about the possibility of genuine post-mortem hair growth that cannot be explained by the conventional theories.

While the phenomenon of post-mortem hair growth remains rare, it continues to intrigue scientists and researchers. Understanding the underlying mechanisms behind this occurrence could not only enhance our knowledge of human physiology but also assist in criminal investigations. Consequently, the study of these cases in the mortuary remains a subject of compelling scientific interest.

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