40 Faces of Death: A Grim Reaper Gallery

Warding off Death
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We personify death as an enemy to be battled and even defeated. While spiritual traditions tend to throw Jesus or liberation at this fight, science makes a champion of the doctor. So here we see a 19th century drawing of a physician holding Death at bay.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.