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Stiff by Mary Roach
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Jun 01, 2012

really liked it
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Read in May, 2012

The topic of this book sounds a bit, well, morbid. In some respects it is. Ms. Roach tackles the subject of donating not only your organs but your whole body to science. She takes us through the history of the practice from body snatchers, cadaver theft and willing donors. We are given a tour of a body farm, a science lab and various other uses for human cadavers. Some of which I never suspected.

Far from being morbid this book is factual and interesting. Ms. Roach’s writing style is light and even humorous (often at her own expense), despite the grim subject matter. A worthwhile read.

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