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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003)

by Mary Roach

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I espied this book years ago when it was released, but figured people would find me odd if they caught me reading it. Many years later, I'm like, so totally over that. So I picked the book up, and enjoyed it. She discusses the fate of the human decedent from every angle possible and sprinkles the book with enough rather sharp humor to keep things from descending into morbidity. Very educational.
  MartinBodek | Jun 11, 2015 |
I really enjoyed learning about the history (good and bad) of cadavers, even though I sometimes felt that the author was a little too light-hearted and possibly insensitive to some topics. Overall though, she did an incredibly thorough job in exploring all the dimensions of a cadaver's "life" if you will, and definitely gave me some food for thought. I would love to learn more on the subject, and any book that can prompt that must be worth something :) ( )
  sandye33 | May 19, 2015 |
WARNING: This book is NOT for the squeamish, the fainthearted or the weak-stomached (especially the chapter on the many forms of cannibalism -- yes, there are 'forms'). The contents are intriguing and fascinatingly gross! The author delivers them with strategically injected tongue-in-cheek humor that will elicit at least a smile despite the subject concerned, and sometimes you'd just burst out laughing. But then again, that's just me -- a curious cat with a warped sense of humor! You? Well, you've been warned; proceed at your own risk!
  MomsterBookworm | May 14, 2015 |
An interesting read. The author approaches the subject with curiosity, reverence and a sense of humor. I learned a lot on a subject about which I had very little prior knowledge.
  EllsbethB | May 9, 2015 |
It may be a bit gruesome, but Mary Roach approaches this subject with repect and knowledge. Her added humor at the right moment made this educational and entertaining to read. ( )
  klarsenmd | Apr 19, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393324826, Paperback)

"One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year....Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting."—Entertainment Weekly

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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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. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.… (more)

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