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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton; New edition edition (April 26 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780393324822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393324822
  • ASIN: 0393324826
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.3 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Nicola Manning-Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 6 2014
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This is one of those books that I've wanted to read for a long time and had high expectations. I am well-read on the subject matter, it's one of my special interests, however I come to this topic with a Catholic worldview and that is where my review will differ from the average one. First off, when one has such high expectations for a book so highly lauded it's not surprising I was a bit let down. Mostly on the humour side. I have a dry sense of humour, not easily offended but I didn't find this "uproariously funny" like Publisher's Weekly did. Some of the humour made me chuckle but a lot of it fell flat, was full of puns (uck) and just not my type. I wouldn't read any of her other books unless the subject matter fascinated me and so far none of the others do. Anyway, humour aside, I found the book entirely captivating. Starting out historically I was in familiar territory and then topics became more modern describing their history up to expected new future advances. I enjoyed most the history; that is where my own special interests lie especially during the Victorian period. Next, I'm interested in forensics and really enjoyed the chapters on the body farm, airplane crashes and crash test specimens. At chapter 8 I became uncomfortable with the topic of brain death and organ donation because the author allowed her own moral opinion to flavour the discussion, something she hadn't done up to this point. The Catholic Church excepts brain death, as do I, however my convictions do not hold with taking organs from a breathing body that needs to be anaesthetised. But Roach uses this chapter to express her firm opinion otherwise and in her punny way calls the 54% of us (her statistic) who would not donate organs from a supposedly "brain dead" loved one, "heartless".Read more ›
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I now have a new view on cadavers, what they do for us and the respect that is offered to them. After reading this I immediately purchased two more of her books to go through.

If you appreciate a sense of humour, and want to know how things work and what occurs, this is the book for you. But good luck putting it down as she's very good at keeping you interested. It's not the best source for light social chatter I have found out though. ;)
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By Andrew Lee on March 14 2013
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What an amazing book. Mary Roach has once again enthralled me with a behind-the-scenes look at one may or may not happen to your body after you die. An incredible historical journey from grave robbers to medical science to car crash tests. Make sure you write in your will what you want done with your body after you die!
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An intriguing and amusing book, despite the subject matter, recommended by two friends. I'm glad I purchased this book. Well done Ms Roach!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Metner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 7 2008
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This is on my top 10 list of great books.
If you've ever wondered what happens to the body after you die, this is very insightful. From explaining the decompositon to historical body snatchers (using bodies for anatomy research) to what actually happens if you dedicate your body to science, it's worth a read.
It's not morbid as much as it is factual and funny. Roach has her own "tell it like it is" no-nonesense apporach. If you don't want to spend years of your life doing research (history, biology, forensics), sit back and go for a ride with Mary!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mellyboo on May 4 2009
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This book was not only extremely informative (from a scientific and historic aspect), but it was hilarious in a morbidly funny kind of way. Mary Roach maintains a light tone in her writing style throughout this book, which contributes to the greatness of it, as many people will automatically assume it is dark and heavy read. This book will entertain and educate readers and it is laugh out loud funny!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Catalano on June 15 2007
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Picture sitting in an airport laughing until you cried while reading a book called "Stiff" with a picture of a cadaver on the front of it. I'm lucky I didn't get pulled aside at security. Every page of this unlikely book is a gem. I found myself reading out loud to anyone who would listen. Mary Roach has a curious mind and an entertaining way of writing and the two combined make for a top notch read.
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This book was awesome. And scary. In short Roach investigates that happens when people donate their bodies to science. And in page after page, Roach takes you on a journey from plastic surgeons learning new techniques on the heads of corpses to automobile manufacturers looking at the impacts of car crashes, to the devastating effects of ammunition.

For anyone who has any interest in what happens to our physical bodies after we pass from this earth, this book is a must read. And for anyone who is considering donating their bodies to science when they die, I highly recommend giving this book read too. Trust me. You won't be disappointed.
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