Mary Roach

Stiff – The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

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    Alesi Mhas quoted7 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 quoted7 months ago
    Analogies drawn from the inspection of hen's eggs foundered on the objection that man was not a chicken."
    Alesi Mhas quoted7 months ago
    The Mesopotamians played both sides of the argument, assigning emotion to the liver and intellect to the heart.
    Alesi Mhas quoted9 months ago
    "Rice Krispies." Ron frowns. Ron used to like Rice Krispies.
    Alesi Mhas quoted9 months ago
    Whatever Galen's shortcomings as a comparative anatomist, the man is to be respected for his ingenuity, for procuring apes in ancient Rome can't have been easy
    Alesi Mhas quoted9 months ago
    A book about dead bodies is a conversational curveball
    Alesi Mhas quoted9 months ago
    Being dead is absurd. It's the silliest situation you'll find yourself in. Your limbs are floppy and uncooperative. Your mouth hangs open. Being dead is unsightly and stinky and embarrassing, and there's not a damn thing to be done about it.
    Alesi Mhas quoted9 months ago
    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 faze them. Their heads can be removed with no deleterious effect. They can be in six places at once.
    Dany Téllezhas quotedlast year
    I don't mind Theo's matter-of-factness. Life contains these things: leakage and wickage and discharge, pus and snot and slime and gleet. We are biology. We are reminded of this at the beginning and the end, at birth and at death. In between we do what we can to forget.
    Dany Téllezhas quotedlast year
    The brain is another early-departure organ.

    "Because all the bacteria in the mouth chew through the palate," explains Arpad. And because brains are soft and easy to eat. "The brain liquefies very quickly. It just pours out the ears and bubbles out the mouth."
    Dany Téllezhas quotedlast year
    Bloat is most noticeable in the abdomen, Arpad is saying, where the largest numbers of bacteria are, but it happens in other bacterial hot spots, most notably the mouth and genitalia. "In the male, the penis and especially the testicles can become very large."

    "Like how large?" (Forgive me.)

    "I don't know. Large."

    "Softball large? Watermelon large?"

    "Okay, softball." Arpad Vass is a man with infinite reserves of patience, but we are scraping the bottom of the tank.
    Dany Téllezhas quotedlast year
    The life of a bacterium is built around food. Bacteria don't have mouths or fingers or Wolf Ranges, but they eat. They digest. They excrete. Like us, they break their food down into its more elemental components. The enzymes in our stomachs break meat down into proteins. The bacteria in our gut break those proteins down into amino acids; they take up where we leave off. When we die, they stop feeding on what we've eaten and begin feeding on us. And, just as they do when we're alive, they produce gas in the process. Intestinal gas is a waste product of bacteria metabolism.

    The difference is that when we're alive, we expel that gas.
    Dany Téllezhas quotedlast year
    But gross anatomy lab is not just about learning anatomy. It is about confronting death.
    Dany Téllezhas quotedlast year
    Burke Hare!"—

    meaning "Smother Hare," "burke" having made its way into the popular vernacular as a synonym for "smother."
    Dany Téllezhas quotedlast year
    The pair were either too ignorant to realize that the same money could be made digging up graves of the already dead or too lazy to undertake it.

    Or something more than lazy 👀

    Dany Téllezhas quotedlast year
    To gibbet is to dip a corpse in tar and suspend it in a flat iron cage (the gibbet) in plain view of townsfolk while it rots and gets pecked apart by crows. A stroll through the square must have been a whole different plate of tamales back then.
    Dany Téllezhas quotedlast year
    She doesn't look as if she wants to be my friend. I decide to think of her as wax.
    Dany Téllezhas quotedlast year
    The problem with cadavers is that they look so much like people. It's the reason most of us prefer a pork chop to a slice of whole suckling pig. It's the reason we say "pork" and "beef" instead of "pig" and "cow."
    Dany Téllezhas quotedlast year
    That was when I cried. It was the small things that got to me that week
    Dany Téllezhas quotedlast year
    This book is not about death as in dying. Death, as in dying, is sad and profound. There is nothing funny about losing someone you love, or about being the person about to be lost. This book is about the already dead, the anonymous, behind-the-scenes dead.
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