Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

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 ou Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thou...

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Title:Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Author:Mary Roach
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Reviews

  • Trevor
    Sep 23, 2008
    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 friend of mine became a technician at the city Morgue. I figured at the time he had w...
  • Jim
    Oct 21, 2013
    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 research, and had doors opened for her that I doubt get opened very often. Let's face it...
  • Kemper
    Mar 09, 2011
    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 weekend at a beach house. That scientific research is all well and good, but there?s ...
  • Lissa
    Sep 26, 2007
    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, lay-person account that would be entertaining, yet informational. However, due to time c...
  • Tung
    Jan 09, 2008
    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 subject matter is extremely interesting, and some of the methods, tests, and history ...
  • Dan Schwent
    Jan 18, 2012
    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 cooled and life spread across the planet, late 1994 or early 1995, I should think, I ...
  • Becky
    Jun 27, 2011
    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 "Packing For Mars," which I think will likely get read sooner rather than later, now that...
  • Will Byrnes
    Oct 29, 2008
    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, before I become a subject for studies like this one. And here are reviews of what we f...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    May 02, 2015
    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. You can fire a gun at them or run a speedboat over their legs, and it will not f...
  • Matthew
    Jan 06, 2017
    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 the incredibly fascinating. This book may not be for the squeamish, but I think Roac...