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Stiff by Mary Roach
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Apr 18, 11

Read from April 06 to 18, 2011

As a student of forensic science, the first thing I learned was that sometimes, humor may seem inappropriate but it helps tone down the gruesome nature of the subject. Mary Roach has an excellent sense of humor, which made this book - about some controversial topics - shine.

From experiments performed with cadavers to new ways of using our bodies to help the environment, she covers a broad spectrum of information, but somehow manages to compact it all into about 300 pages. Every section taught me something I didn't know (and it the case of the food section, things I really didn't want to know) and even cemented my belief that donating my body to science will be a good thing. Why be embarrassed of what they do to me when I'm gone?

I can understand why this book would be a sore spot for a bunch of people but I say, give it a whirl! The most it will do is make you rethink donating your body to science. But if you were already intent on doing that, I don't think many of you will change your minds.
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