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Bracelet worn by a person desiring to have their body cryogenically frozen after death, United States, 1999

Cryonics is the preservation at very low temperatures of bodies or body parts after death. It is used by people who hope that future medical science will be able to restore them to life, and find cures for any medical conditions they may have. The bracelet has instructions for medical teams in case of the death of the wearer, such as the request that no post-mortem takes place. Bracelets like this are worn by people who have donated their bodies to the Alcor Life Extension Foundation, who carry out the procedure. Their symbol, a hexagon containing a snake coiled around a rod, is shown on the bracelet. The bracelet is shown here with two other ways to communicate a person’s wishes after death, a necklace (1999-783) and a donor card (1999-785).

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Glossary: bracelet

An ornamental band, hoop, or chain worn round the wrist or arm.

Glossary: post mortem

A medical procedure that consists of an examination to discover the cause and manner of a death.

Glossary: cryonics

the practice or technique of deep-freezing the bodies of those who have died of an incurable disease, in the hope of a future cure. The term is a contraction of cryogenics, the branch of physics dealing with the production and effects of very low temperatures.