Stiff
Stiff
The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Mary Roach



"One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year....Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting."—Entertainment Weekly

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. 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.

Title Stiff
Subtitle The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Author Mary Roach
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Title First Published 01 May 2004
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 304 p.
ISBN-10 0393324826
ISBN-13 9780393324822
Publication Date 01 May 2004
Main content page count 304
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $15.95
 


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