Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Review: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

by Mary Roach

My Synopsis

Non-fiction book about, well, cadavers!

My Thoughts

My interests border on the morbid side, so I knew I'd enjoy this book.  Roach's writing is witty and fun and somehow makes death and dying and bodies just a part of life.

Some things I found fascinating were:
  •  How forensic scientists can determine what caused a plane crash by looking at the bodies. 
  •  How trained dogs can pinpoint the location of a corpse at the bottom of a lake by sniffing the water's surface for the gas that floats up from the rotting remains.
  • What happens to bodies that are donated to science (plastic surgeon's learn their art of face lifts on cadaver heads).
  • The scientific breakdown of a body at the time of death.
  • The scientific breakdown of Jesus' death on the cross.
  • The different experiments that have been done, including head transplants.
Do I Recommend?

Yes, if you are interested in medicine and morgues :)  This book really is fascinating.  After my next review, though, of Trauma Junkie and The Little Prisoner, I MUST move on to lighter things!



My Rating



fredamans said...

I guess I'm slightly morbid as well, since this book appeals to me. I'm fascinated by all things CSI.

Great review!

Lynne said...

fredamans: Me too. I love CSI, and also 48 Hours, Dateline, True Crime. My husband thinks I'm so weird, but whole family likes those kinds of shows.

Staci said...

I know you said you'd move on to lighter things but I wonder if you really will :) I love your book choices!!!

farmlanebooks said...

I loved her book: Bonk, but am worried this one will be too ruesome for me. I do love CSI, but perhaps real life bodies are a bit more disturbing?

Jenners said...

I can't wait to read this ... I just read "Spook" and it was terrific! Now just seeing what she covers in Still, I'm even more excited to read it.


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