Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Audiobook

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by Mary Roach
An oddly persuasive, often hilarious exploration of the odd life of our bodies postmortem.For two thousand many years, cadavers (some willingly, some unwittingly) have been involved in science’s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They’ve analyzed France’s first guillotines, ridden the NASA Place Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to examination the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped resolve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For each and every new surgical process, from heart transplants to gender reassignment medical procedures, cadavers have been there along with surgeons, creating history in their peaceful way. In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers in excess of the hundreds of years from the anatomy labs and human-sourced pharmacies of medieval and nineteenth-century Europe to a human decay investigation facility in Tennessee, to a plastic surgical procedure apply lab, to a Scandinavian funeral directors’ convention on human composting. In her droll, inimita…

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