29. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (Mary Roach)

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29. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (Mary Roach)

Post  Ren on Wed Dec 30, 2009 2:26 am

Those curious or brave enough to find out what really happens to a body that is donated to the scientific community can do so with this book. Dissection in medical anatomy classes is about the least bizarre of the purposes that science has devised. Mostly dealing with such contemporary uses such as stand-ins for crash-test dummies, Roach also pulls together considerable historical and background information. Bodies are divided into types, including "beating-heart" cadavers for organ transplants, and individual parts-leg and foot segments, for example, are used to test footwear for the effects of exploding land mines. Just as the nonemotional, fact-by-fact descriptions may be getting to be a bit too much, Roach swings into macabre humor.

Finished on November 27, 2009.... borrowed from my daughter's friend... I started reading it when visiting her one time, and asked to take it home to complete it.

Verrrrry interesting... and I did like her sense of humor. Smile

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