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. 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.


    ISBN 9780393324822
    Genre MEDICAL / Research
    Format Paperback
    Pages 304
    Publisher Date 2004-05-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
    Copyright Year 2003
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 6.0 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.6 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience Professional and scholarly
    Authors Roach, Mary

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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.

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      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.

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    • 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!

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      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.

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

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