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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Title available in paperback?: Yes
Pages: 304 pages

Description of book:

I just finished a fascinating book entitled Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach that I'm recommending for consideration.

From Amazon:

"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."


Discussion topics this book is likely to prompt: the "appropriateness" of burial, organ donation, cadaver research, religious beliefs regarding the body's state in the afterlife, and many others.

Description of book submitted by Dr. Pat Ames, Information Technologies


Reviews/Articles/Publisher Pages with more information about the title:

W. W. Norton & Company. "Stiff." URL.

Leith,William & Lisa Allardice. "Grave concerns." New Statesman. 132.4649 (4 August 2003): 36.Direct Link through EbscoHost (login required off-campus)



Last Reviewed: 03/2014