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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Oddly compelling and often hilarious, 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.
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
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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.
Mary Roach is the author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Salon, GQ, Vogue, and the New York Times Magazine. She lives in Oakland, California.
The numerous tidbits of information derived from the author's travels and interviews make [this book] uniquely appealing. --Joseph H Davis, MD (07/16/2003)
Author
Mary Roach
Short Title
STIFF
Pages
303
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Language
English
ISBN-10
0393324826
ISBN-13
9780393324822
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
611
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2003
Publication Date
2003-01-31
Residence
San Francisco, CA, US
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