Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers


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This book tells you everything you ever wanted to know about what happens to bodies after they die. From a plastic surgeon's convention, where the doctors test out the latest nip n'tuck techniques on the recently expired, to the quest for the perfect crash test dummy, Mary Roach tracks down the dead and the people who spend their days with them. For 2000 years human cadavers have been at the forefront of scientific exploration. From testing the efficiency of the guillotine, experiments to weigh the soul, calibrating crash ...

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Dean S

Jul 19, 2013

Bought Three Copies

I picked up one for my daughter, who works in a hospital, one for myself, and one for a friend. The friend finished it first and was a bit grossed out by the last few chapters.

It is a grim topic, but handled with Mary Roach's arch humor. She holds her own with John Steward and Steven Colbert.


Oct 28, 2010

surprisingly entertaining

This is a fascinating and well written book about a subject one would not think to be fascinating. The book is very respectful of the dead but amusingly entertaining about the subject as a whole. It is also a very informative book.


Sep 24, 2009


What more can I say? Whether you've been struck with a morbid curiosity for the fate of corpses or a writer doing research on the effects of death on a body, you'll find just as much insight into the living as you will into the dead in this well-researched book.


Feb 2, 2009

Hilarious yet Informative!

Mary Roach is such a great author. I've also read her other book, Spook, about what happens when we die, spiritually. She's hilarious, I found myself literally laughing out loud while reading this book. Not only is she funny, but very, very informative. The book gives us an in-depth idea of what would happen to us if we donated our bodies to science and what an impact we can have on the future of it. Cadavers are used for so much more than we can think of! I strongly recommend this book, Mary Roach won't dissappoint you.


Jan 29, 2009

Humor & Mayhem

This book held my interest thru the reading & had a good amount of humor in it. I recommend this book for a good read and something to put you in a good mood.

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