Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (Paperback)
 
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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (Paperback)

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    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.......more

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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.

Author:
Roach, Mary
Genre:
MEDICAL / Research
Audience:
Professional and scholarly
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
304
Language:
English
Publisher:
W W Norton & Co Inc
Publish Date:
05/01/2004
Copyright Year:
2003
ISBN:
9780393324822
Height:
8.25 in
Wdth:
6.0 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.6 lb
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  • What a great combination humor with more information than you may have ever wanted concerning the human cadaver. CSI fans should enjoy this read and pick up on many of the references. Be sure and read the snippets in the footnotes. Some of these are just hillarious.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes

    Anonymous from Monterey, CA, Jan 30, 2006

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  • Good Book*

    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.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? it was the same
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? similar, but doesn't tell in the description about how detailed the book is.
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. good
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    kittie23 from Houston, TX, Jan 31, 2012

  • Fantastic Read!

    As a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, I found this entire book quite the interesting read. The author mixes up a vast array of information, medical terminology and touching stories with hilarious insight as to what she has experienced in her studies. There were times when I laughed out loud and had to call a fellow FD to read a passage to him over the phone so he could crack up with me. I am thankful to the lady who brought this book to the funeral home for me to borrow because she thought it was right up my alley...she was right! I purchased three copies today and am excited to give two away to friends who will enjoy it. The other copy is strictly for me!

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    bigpdbomb1 from Louisville, KY, Dec 31, 2009

  • stiff review

    Awesome book if this kind of thing interests you. I would recommend it to anyone interested in what happens to cadavers especially if you want to donate yourself.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    jules97 from chicago, il, Feb 4, 2008

  • Good book

    Good book about the secret lives of cadavers. A wierd subject but an interesting read.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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    Anonymous from Richmond, VA, May 14, 2007

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