Cryonics and Cryonic Preservation After Death, from Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans

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Cryonics refers to the low temperature preservation of human beings after death in the hope that future medical advances could treat their illness or otherwise extend their lives. Legally, in the United States, the procedure cannot be performed on people who are still living, otherwise it would constitute homicide, regardless of their consent.

Cryonics has many skeptics, and yet a number of businesses and non-profit foundations have teamed together to give the procedure a try, so far without success, as no one has yet been successfully revived. Many people criticize cryonics as one of the many popular obsessions with “beating” death. In popular culture and films and on television, however, successful cryonic resuscitation occurs on a regular basis.

The most famous American case of cryonic preservation is that is baseball legend Ted Williams, who died in 2002. Despite his own wish to be cremated after his death, two of his children arranged to have his body frozen. The attendant publicity, which involved some litigation among the children of Williams, resulted in an upswing in national interest in cryonics.

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