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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003)

af Mary Roach

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An oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.

For 2,000 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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A fascinating and funny look at the multiplicity of ways in which cadavers possibly benefit the living. As an Orthodox Christian, I didn't always agree with the ways cadavers were treated. But, this book did give me some food for thought about how and why Orthodox Christians should accept green burial. Stiff, doesn't completely dive into this, but does point out that the American funeral industry is unique. In most of the world burial is still a quite organic, natural part of family and community life (which Roach points out). Yet in America (and the West) we have turned death into a grotesque art form at best, or a macabre cult of greed and profit at the worst.

Still, the way science has utilized cadavers (for better and for worse) is a fascinating study that raises many ethical considerations and contains many shocking revelations. ( )
  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
I know what you are thinking. A book about dead bodies. Why do I want to read that? Because science, that's why. Great book. I learned a lot. I chuckled. I got a little squeamish. I added a few ways I don't want to die to my list. Read it, love it, buy her next book. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
I was, at times, fascinated, engrossed, grossed out, amused and bored by this book. Roach has a real passion for learning about cadavers and sharing her knowledge with the rest of us, but sometimes she gets bogged down in all the research and the book becomes dull and difficult to plod through. She's at her best when she's offering engaging anecdotes and making witty remarks. The more unbelievable the story, the more passionately she writes about the subject. But some of the topics bog down in scientific information - like the benefits of human body composting, for example - and the text turns dry. Overall, it's an interesting and unique piece of non-fiction, and it gave me quite a few new tidbits to bring up at dinner parties! ( )
  Elizabeth_Cooper | Oct 27, 2023 |
This book is probably one of the most unique books I will ever read. Writers spend most of their careers on writing about the living, both real and fictional - so reading about cadavers (the scientific term for corpses) was an eye-opening experience, in more ways than one.
Cadavers have been awkward to read and write about - understandably, people don't want to think about what happens to people after they're dead, because that inevitably leads to the sometimes distressing thought of one's own mortality.
But this book breaks all such inhibitions and throws them out of the window. If you're squeamish, don't expect this to be a clean and cheerful ride. Mary Roach makes you realise, by the end of the book, about how cadavers are used everywhere - ranging from good (crash testing) and neutral (bullet impact testing), to the controversial (testing if Jesus was really crucified, by crucifying cadavers). The descriptions are, to put it diplomatically, anatomically accurate.
'Tis not a completely nihilistic ride though. The author's tales of embarrassment and mortification are laugh-out-loud (a phrase which I would never imagine saying for a book about the deceased), and the author makes you think about topics which you would normally never think about - such as dissection, who should be given responsibility over the remains, and human head transplants.
TL;DR - a unique and immensely readable work, describing the heavy topic of the deceased with the depth and breadth it deserves - sometimes morbid, sometimes hilarious, but always entertaining. A must read if you have a strong stomach, and can think about your own mortality without dissolving into a mess. ( )
  SidKhanooja | Sep 1, 2023 |
I read this immediately after [b:Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void|7237456|Packing for Mars The Curious Science of Life in the Void|Mary Roach|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1290480157s/7237456.jpg|8159756] - high on a newly discovered favorite author. I think Reading the two quite so adjacently resulted in a less favorable view of Stiff - there is an almost completely replicated chapter between the two discussing the use of cadavers to simulate forces on an astronaut's body during spaceflight, and the voice and humor is nearly identical between the two books.

That being said, Stiff was still quite good, perhaps objectively the superior book as Roach covers a very broad range of subjects. She again excels at covering all angles of a subject. For instance, when covering the history of medical cadavers, she comments on the setup of modern anatomy classes, ceremonies respecting cadaver donors, the history of graverobbing for the purpose of providing anatomic cadavers, the history surrounding specific graverobbers as well as specific professors using their services as well as the theories about human anatomy during each period and how these changed over time using knowledge learned through dissection. ( )
  settingshadow | Aug 19, 2023 |
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Medical. Science. Nonfiction. Humor (Nonfiction.) HTML:

An oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.

For 2,000 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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