Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.
In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries—from the anatomy labs and human-sourced pharmacies of medieval and nineteenth-century Europe to a human decay research facility in Tennessee, to a plastic surgery practice lab, to a Scandinavian funeral directors' conference on human composting. In her droll, inimitable voice, Roach tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.
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Review: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human CadaversUser Review - Carmen - Goodreads
Wow, this book was very informative. I learned about practicing surgery on the dead. I wonder if people who donate their body to science know they might end up as practice for a face-lift? Body ... Read full review
Good Book*User Review - kittie23 - Overstock.com
This book is good, but certainly not for the squeamish. She is an excellent writer, and it is an easy read, if you are okay with the subject matter. Read full review
CRIMES OF ANATOMY
LIFE AFTER DEATH
DEAD MAN DRIVING
BEYOND THE BLACK BOX 1 13
HOLY CADAVER 757
JUST A HEAD
OUT OF THE FIRE INTO THE COMPOST BIN
REMAINS OF THE AUTHOR