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.
©2003 Mary Roach; (P)2003 Tantor Media, Inc.
"Uproariously funny....informative and respectful...irreverent and witty....impossible to put down." (Publishers Weekly)
"Not grisly but inspiring, this work considers the many valuable scientific uses of the body after death." (Library Journal)
"One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year." (Entertainment Weekly)
The story line as well as the narrator researched the subject matter, and this was a delightful story to listen too. The narrator has a nack for putting the emphasis on areas that were meant to be lighthearted. Overall I would give this an A+ and would love to read as well as listen to other novels by this author. Loved it!!!
This is a subject matter that many individuals don't want to talk about or deal with, however, the way the subject matter was introduced makes one want to learn more about what happens to the human body once one is deceased.
The personalization of how the novel was written.
Great author, I look forward to reading as well as listening to other novel that she has written.
it gave me at least a new perspective on death and what we leave behind. It makes a compelling case for the need of more research cadavers.
No holds barred approach to what happens to your body after you leave it.
Gag and loose my appetite. That is extreme for me.
Informative but strong to take worth the listen.
Well worth a read. Very interesting history of cadavers. Sometimes morbidly funny too. Certainly convinces one to choose cremation when the time comes.
This is the best book I have read in a long time. I just finished it and it was so funny and interesting that I have no problem re-listening to it again with my husband when we go on a road trip next week. It's that good. Absolutely fascinating with a wonderful sense of humor.
The narrator was fantastic and the detailed research of the author was quite impressive.
I loved her delivery.
I am an avid composter in my garden and now have a pretty good idea what's in store for me in the future.
Please write more books!
If the whole book had been like the last several chapters, I would have liked it more. I found Roach's narratives of her interviews and personal involvement in her research much more interesting than the lists of facts that take up the earlier chapters.
Well written, very interesting, a lot more goes on that I'd ever imagined. Some history included. Well read/performed. Highly recommend this for anyone with the slightest interest in what happens after death.
This was a really well-written & well-researched book. Lots of tongue & cheek humour. Well-presented & enjoyable listen. Somewhat disturbing information, presented in an inoffensive manner. Humans are certainly an interesting set of animals. So will you be leaving your body to science?
Is Putrefaction pronounced putrefication?
Is Liquefaction pronounced liquification?
Is Anesthetized pronounced anesthesize?
Is Calvary pronounced cavalry?
Is Apothecary pronounced apocathary?
I'm pretty sure Reuters isn't pronounced rooters.
Is Assimilated pronounced assimulated?
It seems if you are going to hire dyslexics as professional readers, you might consider establishing some kind of review process, no?
And footnotes? These are to be entirely ignored? There are extensive footnotes every few pages, which have been entirely omitted in the Audible version.
A man. A plan. A canal. Panama
Roach expertly describes the variety of ways we treat the deceased. Enlightening, interesting, but don't listen while you're eating.
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