Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

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Publisher Description

Beloved, best-selling science writer Mary Roach’s “acutely entertaining, morbidly fascinating” (Susan Adams, Forbes) classic, now with a new epilogue.

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 confirmation surgery, cadavers have helped make history in their quiet way. “Delightful—though never disrespectful” (Les Simpson, Time Out New York), Stiff investigates the strange lives of our bodies postmortem and answers the question: What should we do after we die?

“This quirky, funny read offers perspective and insight about life, death and the medical profession. . . . You can close this book with an appreciation of the miracle that the human body really is.” —Tara Parker-Pope, Wall Street Journal

“Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting.” —Entertainment Weekly

GENRE
Science & Nature
RELEASED
2004
May 17
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
W. W. Norton & Company
SELLER
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
SIZE
4.7
MB

Customer Reviews

rose.monet ,

Well written.

Some things did not age particularly well., but overall great piece on corpses with little metaconscious thought.

TheCheeks ,

Amazing

One of the funniest books I have read in a long time. The author knows how to take some touchy material and make it easy to read and somehow, not so morbid. The book does a great job of giving a full spectrum view of cadavers and all things that happen to then throughout the world and in science. You get a view of yow cadavers have been used throughout history and in the world today. A very easy read and and all around great book.

Sega Fan 2012 ,

Very interesting read!

Read this in college and although it made me think twice about donating my organs to science it was quite intriguing.

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