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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
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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 our bodies when we are no longer with them.

Title:Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages
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  • 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 fri...

  • 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 coo...

  • 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...

  • 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 th...

  • 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 w...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    May 02, 2015

    Find all of my reviews at: “Cadavers are our superheroes: They brave fire without flinching, withstand falls from tall buildings and head-on car crashes into walls...

  • 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, la...

  • 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 "Packin...

  • Erica
    Oct 14, 2014

    I really ought to have read this sooner. I'm not sure what happened and why it took me so long to get this information into my brain.This is a book about what happens to dead bodies. It's an older tit...

  • 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 re...