Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (Paperback)

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Probably the most fascinating book I have ever read. Nasty, gnarly, gross, strange, disturbing, and incredibly interesting. It bursts with dark humor, yet manages to maintain an atmosphere of respect. In a word, awesome. — Julietta Cole

A lot of discussion around death focuses on what happens to our spirits and is there a life after death, Roach takes a somewhat different approach and discusses the possibilities available to one’s body after death. Roach’s narration provides for both an informational and amusing take on what our bodies can do for this world after we leave them. — Misha D'Andrea

Mary Roach's fascinating account of the "life" of human cadavers is an awakening experience. At all times respectful and often times hilarious, Roach follows the history of cadavers through science's weirdest undertakings - from anatomy labs and human decay research farms to medicinal cannibalism - and proves the cadavers invaluable role to life.


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393324822
ISBN-10: 0393324826
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 17th, 2004
Pages: 303
Language: English
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