Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

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Read Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Online Free - 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
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ISBN : 0393324826
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Trevor rated it ★★★★☆

October 25, 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 watched a couple of ep...

Dan rated it ★★★☆☆

January 23, 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 visited a chiro...

Tung rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 24, 2016

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 behind huma...

Will rated it ★★★★☆

August 02, 2017

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 found: -----Grunt...

Kemper rated it ★★★☆☆

March 10, 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 nothing in he...

Matthew rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 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 Roach did a great j...

Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it ★★★★☆

May 06, 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. You can fire a gun at them or run a speedboat over their legs, and it will not faze them. Their h...

Lissa rated it ★★★☆☆

September 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 constraints,...

Becky rated it ★★★★☆

September 10, 2015

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 I've finally g...

Jim rated it ★★★★★

November 09, 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, when your...

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