Book about what happens to dead bodies

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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in sciences boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.
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View Larger Image. Ask Seller a Question. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Written for both laymen and professionals, this book gives answers the questions that everyone wants to ask in a question and answer format. What really happens to a dead body? What does our culture do with corpses and what have other cultures done?

Second Edition. Kenneth V. Iserson, M. What happens during autopsies, dissection, embalming, cremation, and cryogenic preservation? And what about cannibalism, body snatching, and the secret rites of various cultures?

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This is a guest post from Darin Cook. Darin is a writer and avid reader of nearly all genres of nonfiction, with a healthy dose of fiction thrown in the mix on a regular basis. If reading food books and watching food shows without knowing how to cook very well were a clinical disease, he would be the poster child with no hope for recovery. With Halloween approaching, people are talking about ghosts, skeletons, and zombies more than usual. The common link between these characters is their origin from dead bodies — a grisly way for a holiday to be portrayed, but something very familiar to the undertakers, coroners, embalmers, and forensic scientists who make a business out of death. These professionals and the bodies they work with are subjects in the following books about the science of corpses and the practical uses for dead bodies. The corpse itself is the main subject in Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death by Jessica Snyder Sachs, but the people who investigate dead bodies become leading characters, making their mark in forensic science.

He adeptly covers all aspects of death, dying, grief, mourning, and post-mortem activities and concerns. He discusses practical matters, such as how to arrange a funeral, bodily transport across state lines, embalming, funerary rituals and etiquette, cremation, and advance directives. Although he does offer a wealth of practical information, he also launches into more esoteric and macabre discussions. Some chapters are certainly not for the faint of heart. If cannibalism, headhunting, corpse dismemberment, grave robbing, anatomical dissection, autopsies, or putrification give you the heebie-jeebies, read with caution! Iserson approaches these subjects with a dry sense of humor. The subsections each have their own heading and read like short articles, so that readers can easily browse through the book and skim over desired sections.

5 thoughts on “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

  1. Probably the most complete recent book on the physical and cultural aspects of death. Covers everything from embalming, cremation, cryogenics, autopsies.

  2. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and millions of other books are available .. She talks about dead bodies with respect, but the casual horrific details.

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