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Stiff by Mary Roach
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Jun 23, 2011

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bookshelves: health-medical, history, nonfiction, science-math
Recommended to Betsy by: GR Science & Inquiry Group
Read from June 23 to July 02, 2011 — I own a copy

This was an interesting book, generally well-written and informative. And surprisingly funny. Roach has a wry, witty style, and seems to be pretty thorough. There was one omission that bothered me a little. This was something I discovered when my brother died a couple years ago. His death was unattended and he was definitely not a "beating-heart cadaver", but I learned that there were still many medical ways in which his body could be used, such as cadaver skin for burn victims.

I also thought that Roach got off on an unrelated, and pretty boring, tangent tracking down a cannibalism rumor in China.

But on the whole, it was well done and worth reading.

Review 7/6/2011
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