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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
by Mary Roach

Published: 2003-08-10
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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 ...
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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.
"Uproariously funny ...informative and respectful...irreverent and witty...impossible to put down." ~ Publishers Weekly
"Not grisly but inspiring, this work considers the many valuable scientific uses of the body after death." ~ Library Journal
"One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year." ~ Entertainment Weekly
New York Times National Best-Seller

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by Sir Emma Reads-A-Lot (see profile) 06/25/20

 
by CK529 (see profile) 11/07/17

 
  "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers"by MHibshman (see profile) 12/26/16

A little graphic, maybe not for the squemish, this book describes the many varied ways we deal with dead bodies. "Oddly compelling" describes it best.

 
by Plazek (see profile) 06/22/16

 
  "Macabre, but fun "by mistyviolet (see profile) 04/27/13

STIFF: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

For anyone interested in the “messy” part of human science, this is the book for you. Mary Roach has a unique sense of humor

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  "loved it!!! but not for the easily disturbed!!! lol"by honeybee91797 (see profile) 03/24/09

I loved this book, but im on that same track in my career. I found it very educational for the layman who may never get a chance to see a cadaver as that. It was humerous and a fast read.

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