Stiff by Mary Roach
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Stiff
By Mary Roach

Stiff

The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Library ed [CD-Audio/MP3 Edition]

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Narrator Shelly Frasier See other recent books by Shelly Frasier
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Stiff by Mary Roach

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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. 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781400130979
ISBN-10: 1400130972
Format: CD-Audio
(165mm x 172mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Tantor Media, Inc
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mary Roach

Journalist and former Salon.com columnist Mary Roach is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Stiff," "Spook," "Bonk," and "Packing for Mars." In addition to narrating audiobooks, Shelly Frasier has appeared in many independent film and theater projects in Arizona and southern California, and she has developed character voices for animation projects and done voice-over work for commercials.

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