Mary Roach

Stiff – The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

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Beloved, best-selling science writer Mary Roach’s “acutely entertaining, morbidly fascinating” (Susan Adams, Forbes) classic, now with a new epilogue.

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 confirmation surgery, cadavers have helped make history in their quiet way. “Delightful—though never disrespectful” (Les Simpson, Time Out New York), Stiff investigates the strange lives of our bodies postmortem and answers the question: What should we do after we die?

“This quirky, funny read offers perspective and insight about life, death and the medical profession. … You can close this book with an appreciation of the miracle that the human body really is.” —Tara Parker-Pope, Wall Street Journal

“Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting.” —Entertainment Weekly
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333 printed pages
Original publication
2004

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    Мариshared an impression3 years ago
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    Absolutely loved this book and read it in two days!!! Highly recommend it to those with morbid curiosity 👍🏻

    Soliloquios Literariosshared an impressionlast year
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    Лёля Перемышельскаяshared an impression4 years ago
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Quotes

    Alesi Mhas quoted5 months ago
    Off-putting as cadaveric medicine may be, it is—like cultural differences in cuisine—mainly a matter of what you're accustomed to.
    Alesi Mhas quoted5 months ago
    Analogies drawn from the inspection of hen's eggs foundered on the objection that man was not a chicken."
    Alesi Mhas quoted5 months ago
    The Mesopotamians played both sides of the argument, assigning emotion to the liver and intellect to the heart.

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