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Stiff, The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

By Mary Roach

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Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Published In: UK, 01 July 2004
What happens to your body after you have died? Fertilizer? Crash Test Dummy? Human Dumpling? Ballistics Practise? Life after death is not as simple as it looks. Mary Roach's Stiff lifts the lid off what happens to our bodies once we have died. Bold, original and with a delightful eye for detail, Roach tells us everything we wanted to know about this new frontier in medical science. Interweaving present-day explorations with a history of past attempts to study what it means to be human Stiff is a deliciously dark investigations for readers of popular science as well as fans of the macabre
EAN: 9780141007458
ISBN: 0141007451
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Dimensions: 19 x 12 x 1 centimetres (0.17 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Mary Roach is a journalist. She has written for Salon, Wired, GQ, Discover, Vogue and the New York Times Magazine. This is her first book.


The numerous tidbits of information derived from the author's travels and interviews make [this book] uniquely appealing.--Joseph H Davis, MD (07/16/2003)

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Frank Flynn on
While not everyone may get the laughs I did, Stiff is full of interesting facts both historical and contemporary. This book has a permanent place on my bookshelf.
I have often pondered what happens to us after we die. I've mainly thought about the 'soul' and where it may possibly journey to or end up, but hadn't really thought about my cadaver's decompostion. Nor had I thought about how useful dead bodies are to the world of science, medicine, and automobile safety. Now, I have. In this book, we are treated to a wealth of information about human cadavers. It's a weird, gross and delightfully witty read answering questions you dare not ask or even think of. It is utterly disgusting, but I couldn't put it down.
Rebecca Girvan on
Fascinating book, easy to read & understand but with plenty of research and science behind it. Highly recommend this for anyone interested in what happens to bodies 'donated to research' although it is all based in the USA.

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