Stiff : The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. / Mary Roach.
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- ISBN: 9781400120970 (sound recording)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource (7 audio files) : digital
- Edition: Unabridged.
- Publisher: Old Saybrook : Tantor Media, 2008.
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Narrator: Shelly Frasier.
An oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.For 2,000 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,...
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