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The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Roach, Mary

(Downloadable Audiobook - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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An oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For 2,000 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 ...
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Media, 2008
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable audiobook

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An oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.


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I really enjoyed this book even though the topic gives me the heebee-geebees. Mary splashes in just the right mix of detail and humor. There were times I lost my appetite, and times I felt like I was learning more than I really wanted, but in the end I am glad to know. I can't imagine many rocks unturned here on what options we have for our bodies after we pass. Though I am curious what would happen to us if we were shot into space. I thought a definitive option would call to me for my own remains, but I am simply more determined to live long enough that it will be possible to keep transplanting my brain into youthful sexy, yet unfortunately braindead bodies and live forever;)

I really enjoyed this book even though the topic gives me the heebee-geebees. Mary splashes in just the right mix of detail and humor. There were times I lost my appetite, and times I felt like I was learning more than I really wanted, but in the end I am glad to know. I can't imagine many rocks unturned here on what options we have for our bodies after we pass. Though I am curious what would happen to us if we were shot into space. I thought a definitive option would call to me for my own remains, but I am simply more determined to live long enough that it will be possible to keep transplanting my brain into youthful sexy, yet unfortunately braindead bodies and live forever;)

Jul 12, 2014
  • sfogs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What an unsual and really, really, interesting book!
I really enjoyied it in a macabe sort of way.
You learn alot from this book, someone stuff you may not really want to know but that just adds to the experience.

Nov 22, 2013
  • LaPhenixa rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Interesting and somewhat informative if you haven't watched a lot of criminal shows, but the animal death and experimentation was way too much for me.

Mar 24, 2012
  • sfogs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very, very interesting, a bit gross and very funny! :D

May 28, 2010
  • LosAltosReads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Follow Mary Roach as she investigates the surprisingly active and sometimes amusing journeys of human cadavers. Roach handles the delicate subject matter deftly, but this is certainly not a book for the squeamish!

Highly recommended.

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