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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Mary Roach

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Title:Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Authors:Mary Roach
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2004), Paperback, 320 pages
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Mary Roach is an amazing science writer who takes a historical, scientific, and HYSTERICAL look at her chosen subject - in this case, the cadaver. She does her research, shares her knowledge, and could be a stand up comic at the same time. ( )
  CYGeeker | Sep 6, 2018 |
Gruesome, funny, fascinating, sad. Definitely hard to take yourself too seriously after reading this. ( )
  booklove1 | Aug 31, 2018 |
Whoa. Very interesting, morbid, fascinating. It makes you think about what you are going to do with your body when you're done with it. Not to mention what others will want to do with it. A must read for anyone who will die and wants to know options about what to do with their body. Maybe not for the squeamish. Can't wait to read her other books. ( )
  ksmedberg | Aug 15, 2018 |
Well, this is about as palatable a book as anyone could make regarding medical research on cadavers. The energy and humor of the opening chapters drew me in immediately, but either the material wore on me or the author was stretching to fill out the book with less interesting material because my enthusiasm started to flag in the second half. It's still a good book over all, and I'm tempted to try something else by her in the future. ( )
  villemezbrown | Aug 4, 2018 |
Morbidly funny, Stiff is an entertaining, educational, and thoughtful look into what the body goes through after death. She discusses early anatomy incidents, human decay, car crash testing, forensics, organ harvesting, what could happen when a body is donated to science, and various other topics involving human cadavers. Mary Roach's dry sense of humor comes through well and she is respectful of her subject matter. Informative and fascinating. Also, Stiff has some of the best footnotes I have ever read. ( )
  trile1000 | Jul 1, 2018 |
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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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