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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 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.

Review:

"As fascinating as it is funny....The research is admirable, the anecdotes carefully chosen, and the prose lively; and they combine to produce a book that everyone in the health care field should have to read, and everyone else will want to." Caleb Carr, author of The Alienist

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"Fascinating, unexpectedly fresh and funny look at the multiplicity of ways in which cadavers benefit the living....Roach delights in imparting odd information, such as the fact that 18th-century students at certain Scottish medical schools could pay their tuition in corpses rather than cash, and when the curious facts unearthed by her research don't fit neatly into her narrative, she slips them into droll footnotes. Informative, yes; entertaining, absolutely." Kirkus Reviews

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"Not grisly but inspiring, this work considers the many valuable scientific uses of the body after death. Drawn from the author's popular Salon column." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Mary Roach tells the oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies when we are no longer with them. For two thousand 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, and havebeen there for every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment, making history in their quiet way.

Synopsis:

For 2,000 years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and, in so doing, tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

About the Author

Mary Roach's popular column in Salon inspired this book. She is also the author of the "My Planet" column in Reader's Digest. Her writing has appeared in Outside, the New York Times Magazine, and numerous other publications. She lives in San Francisco.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400100972
Subtitle:
The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
performance Read:
Frasier, Shelly
Read by:
Frasier, Shelly
Read:
Frasier, Shelly
Author:
Roach, Mary
Author:
Frasier, Shelly
Publisher:
Tantor
Location:
Old Saybrook
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
Forensic Medicine
Subject:
Human experimentation in medicine
Subject:
Human dissection
Subject:
Dead
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
General Humor
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Series Volume:
10844
Publication Date:
20030901
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English
Pages:
7 sound discs (484 min.)
Dimensions:
5.7 x 5.2 x 1 in 0.4 lb
Media Run Time:
484

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Product details 7 sound discs (484 min.) pages Tantor Media - English 9781400100972 Reviews:
"Review" by , "As fascinating as it is funny....The research is admirable, the anecdotes carefully chosen, and the prose lively; and they combine to produce a book that everyone in the health care field should have to read, and everyone else will want to."
"Review" by , "Fascinating, unexpectedly fresh and funny look at the multiplicity of ways in which cadavers benefit the living....Roach delights in imparting odd information, such as the fact that 18th-century students at certain Scottish medical schools could pay their tuition in corpses rather than cash, and when the curious facts unearthed by her research don't fit neatly into her narrative, she slips them into droll footnotes. Informative, yes; entertaining, absolutely."
"Review" by , "Not grisly but inspiring, this work considers the many valuable scientific uses of the body after death. Drawn from the author's popular Salon column."
"Synopsis" by , Mary Roach tells the oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies when we are no longer with them. For two thousand 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, and havebeen there for every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment, making history in their quiet way.
"Synopsis" by , For 2,000 years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and, in so doing, tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.
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