Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

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. 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.

Title:Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0393324826
Format Type:
Number of Pages:320 pages

    Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Reviews

  • Trevor

    If you can?t cope with the idea of death without a hearty dose of euphemism ? this probably isn?t going to be the book for you.When I became an archivist at the City of Melbourne a very dear fri...

  • Dan Schwent

    Mary Roach writes about what happens when you donate your body to science. Hilarity ensues. Well, maybe not hilarity but it is a good dose of edutainment.Way back around the time the earth's crust coo...

  • Tung

    In my nonfiction phase during the year, I grabbed this one and after finishing it, regretted its purchase. The book is about medical use of corpses and the human body, present-day and in the past. The...

  • Will Byrnes

    Laugh out loud funny is the way to go if you want to learn more than you realized might be worth knowing about dead bodies. It made me greatly disposed to finding out what else Roach has written, befo...

  • Kemper

    Mary Roach details a lot of uses for human cadavers in this book, but she missed a major one. As Weekend At Bernies taught us, you can always use the corpse of your boss to scam your way into a free w...

  • Matthew

    First read of 2017 complete! It was a good one - 4.5 stars.Who knew that a book about what happens to our bodies after we die could be so interesting. This book covers everything to the horrific to th...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ ?Cadavers are our superheroes: They brave fire without flinching, withstand falls from tall buildings and head-on car crashes into walls...

  • Lissa

    I bought this book when I first taught my class that has a foresnic anthropology component. I thought I could pick out a chapter of this book to assign to them, and it would be a nice, informative, la...

  • Becky

    There was not a single zombie in this whole book!!Mary Roach writes books about some interesting topics. This is the one that most interested me, though on finishing I realized that I also had "Packin...

  • Jim

    In spite of the macabre topic, Mary Roach must have had a ball doing her footwork for this book. Not happy to glean her information from published sources, Mary travelled extensively to conduct her re...