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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (Compact Disc)

By Mary Roach, Shelly Frasier (Narrated by), Shelly Frasier (Read by)
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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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Praise For…

"Not grisly but inspiring, this work considers the many valuable scientific uses of the body after death." ---Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781400130979
ISBN-10: 1400130972
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: September 2003
Language: English