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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.… (mere)
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Very interesting. Don't want to read parts of this if you are squeamish but you'll also learn some amazing stuff. ( )
  boldforbs | Jan 15, 2021 |
7/10

A morbidly entertaining history and background into cadavers. It was funny and gross, but ultimately, very interesting. Roach's writing style is funny, and her quips break up the subject matter into more digestible parts, without it getting too heavy.

A couple times I tried eating while listening to this and it was a bad idea. ( )
  Andjhostet | Jan 11, 2021 |
It doesn't have the charm and clarity of her later works, but the spirit is definitely there. ( )
  ladyars | Dec 31, 2020 |
I was relieved when I finished this book club selection. I am not sorry I read it, but I wouldn’t have chosen it to take up valuable reading time. The dry humor is the best part of the book. On a recommendation from a club member, I listened to this on audio. I highly recommend that media for this author. I particularly appreciated the last few pages of the book where she discusses her personal choices for the future.
Is this information we all need? Probably not, but some of it was interesting and certainly informative. Yucky and gross…of course, this is Mary Roach. ( )
  beebeereads | Oct 1, 2020 |
There were a few passages that did kick up my squeamishness (stuff about experiments on animals gets to me), but it was exceptionally well written and thoroughly fascinating. ( )
  Jessica_Olin | Sep 17, 2020 |
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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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