Stiff is one of Mary Roach's finest to date. She takes the reader gently by the hand and walks us through a world few ever think about - the uses for what's left of us after we die. Stiff is a revealing, and frankly quite funny, look at the hundreds of practical uses for cadavers and Mary doesn't disappoint in the span of industries and geographical scope involved in her quest. Regardless of your religious bent, Stiff will open your eyes to the necessity of cadavers and perhaps make … more
"Being dead is unsightly, stinky, and embarrassing", states author Mary Roach, but she also shows us just how interesting it can be in this amazingly well written book. Her prose is precise, conversational, and even entertaining at times without being disrespectful to her "subjects". From forensic body farms to car crash impact studies, from practicing surgical procedures to testing ballistics, and on to research into such off-the-wall subjects as ancient uses for poo and … more
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