Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

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by Mary Roach
     
 

From medicinal mummies to cadaver models for crash-test dummies, a San Francisco writer presents a well-researched, lively dissection of offbeat ways that the dead have served the living and treats medical and ethical issues. Not a life or death matter, but a spell checker/editor missed the use of "piece" for "peace" (p.150). Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc.,… See more details below

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From medicinal mummies to cadaver models for crash-test dummies, a San Francisco writer presents a well-researched, lively dissection of offbeat ways that the dead have served the living and treats medical and ethical issues. Not a life or death matter, but a spell checker/editor missed the use of "piece" for "peace" (p.150). Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393050936
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/19/2003
Pages:
303
Sales rank:
215,831
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction9
1A Head is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Practicing surgery on the dead19
2Crimes of Anatomy: Body snatching and other sordid tales from the dawn of human dissection37
3Life After Death: On human decay and what can be done about it61
4Dead Man Driving: Human crash test dummies and the ghastly, necessary science of impact tolerance87
5Beyond the Black Box: When the bodies of the passengers must tell the story of a crash113
6The Cadaver Who Joined the Army: The sticky ethics of bullets and bombs131
7Holy Cadaver: The crucifixion experiments157
8How to Know if You're Dead: Beating-heart cadavers, live burial, and the scientific search for the soul167
9Just a Head: Decapitation, reanimation, and the human head transplant199
10Eat Me: Medicinal cannibalism and the case of the human dumplings221
11Out of the Fire, into the Compost Bin: And other new ways to end up251
12Remains of the Author: Will she or won't she?281
Acknowledgments293
Bibliography295

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