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Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

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ISBN-10: 0393050939

ISBN-13: 9780393050936

Edition: 2003

Authors: Mary Roach

List price: $28.99
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Everything you ever wanted to know about what happens to bodies after they die. In this exploration into the macabre, Mary Roach tells a story that reaches from medieval pharmacies, stories of 19th century body snatching, to the present-day Body Farms, and conferences on human composting.
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Book details

List price: $28.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/17/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 5.80" wide x 8.60" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Mary Roach was born and raised in Etna, New Hampshire. She has a BA degree in psychology from Wesleyan University. She spent a few years as a free-lance copy editor before she landed a job at the San Francisco Zoological Society turning out press releases. She then moved on to write humor pieces for such periodicals as The New York Times Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle and Sports Illustrated. Her article "How to Win at Germ Warfare" was a National Magazine Award Finalist, in 1995. In 1996, her article on earthquake-proof bamboo houses took the Engineering Journalism Award. She published several books such as Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003) and Packing for Mars (2010).

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The Cadaver Who Joined the Army: The sticky ethics of bullets and bombs
Holy Cadaver: The crucifixion experiments
How to Know if You're Dead: Beating-heart cadavers, live burial, and the scientific search for the soul
Just a Head: Decapitation, reanimation, and the human head transplant
Eat Me: Medicinal cannibalism and the case of the human dumplings
Out of the Fire, Into the Compost Bin: And other new ways to end up
Remains of the Author: Will she or won't she?