Book Review- Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Here is the publishers synopsis-

“Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand 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.”

I’m not sure where to begin with this book other than to mention that thanks to Ms. Roach’s research I was able to – at a staff meeting- tell one of the directors that you can mulch yourself in one of the Scandinavian countries when you die.  This book is fantastic and yes, you will get funny looks if reading it in public 😀  All that aside, she has put together some wildly entertaining options to consider in your will!

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