Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (MP3 CD)

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By Mary Roach, Shelly Frasier (Narrated by), Shelly Frasier (Read by)
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Description


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.

About the Author


Mary Roach is the author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, and Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. She lives in Oakland, California.

Shelly Frasier has recorded over fifty audiobooks. She can be heard narrating such classics as "Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs and "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll.

Shelly Frasier has recorded over fifty audiobooks. She can be heard narrating such classics as "Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs and "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll.

Praise For…


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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781400150977
ISBN-10: 1400150973
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: September 2003
Language: English