Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Mary Roach
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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Author: Mary Roach

Narrator: Shelly Frasier

Unabridged: 8 hr

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.

Published: 09/01/2003

Genre: Humor


An oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For 2,000 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 reassignment surgery—cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way. In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries—from the anatomy labs and human-sourced pharmacies of medieval and nineteenth-century Europe to a human decay research facility in Tennessee, to a plastic surgery practice lab, to a Scandinavian funeral directors' conference on human composting. In her droll, inimitable voice, Roach tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

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AudiobooksNow review by Alicia on 2008-03-03 16:36:56

Very dry...ended up not listening to the entire book.

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