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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003)

de 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.… (més)
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    PuddinTame: If you liked either on of these books, I recommend trying the other author. Both offer nitty-gritty medical details leavened with humor, which helps make the gross details more bearable. For my money, Mary Roach is funnier, but I thoroughly enjoyed both authors… (més)
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I'd been wanting to read this for quite some time and finally did. It was, as expected, both fascinating and disgusting. I really appreciated her mix of historical uses and abuses of human cadavers with current ones. In particular, the mellified man, whether a legend or real, caught my attention. The only chapter that really got me was the crash testing. That was just awful.
She writes in a perky journalistic style where she's definitely present on the page. That can irritate some people but I enjoyed it.
Overall a great read. ( )
  bjsikes | Jan 30, 2023 |
To cook someone recently deceased, stuff the body in a barrel filled to the brim with honey. Wait a hundred years or so and you not only got yourself a delicious slime, but also a slime that can cure anything!

The book talks about anything to do with cadavers and it makes it sound so fun to be a dead body (getting exploded into bits, donating organs, crashing cars) that who wouldn't want to die? ( )
  KJC__ | Jan 9, 2023 |
It felt a bit too rambling, as though she had accumulated all this info then just picked some categories to use for chapters. It didn't feel like there was a clear direction in the book but instead just a stream of tidbits ( )
  martialalex92 | Dec 10, 2022 |
This was the third book I listened to on my roadtrip to/from Indiana. I loved this. It was the first Mary Roach I'd ever read, and I'm kicking myself that I hadn't picked anything up by her sooner.

The reader for the audiobook is fantastic and I thought she really brought the right combination of snark, humor, and curiosity to Roach's writing. I'm a bit bummed that the other books have a different reader who from the samples I listened to I don't like as much.

This book was completely fascinating and covered a large expanse of history to the present day in how we treat dead human bodies. I enjoyed it and laughed and smiled, was engrossed by the macabre, and was a bit uncomfortable to reach the chapter on crash test cadavers for automobiles while driving 80 mph down the Ohio Turnpike. ( )
  wisemetis | Oct 19, 2022 |
Fascinating stuff. Not for the faint of heart. ( )
  tjasqwren | Oct 17, 2022 |
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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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