The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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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, inimitable voice, Roach tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.
Publisher: Old Saybrook : Tantor Media, 2008.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781400120970
Characteristics: audio file
1 online resource (7 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Frasier, Shelly

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Jul 12, 2014

What an unsual and really, really, interesting book!
I really enjoyied it in a macabe sort of way.
You learn alot from this book, someone stuff you may not really want to know but that just adds to the experience.

Nov 22, 2013

Interesting and somewhat informative if you haven't watched a lot of criminal shows, but the animal death and experimentation was way too much for me.

Mar 24, 2012

Very, very interesting, a bit gross and very funny! :D

May 27, 2010

Follow Mary Roach as she investigates the surprisingly active and sometimes amusing journeys of human cadavers. Roach handles the delicate subject matter deftly, but this is certainly not a book for the squeamish!

Highly recommended.

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