Stiff by Mary Roach - Cover

Author: Mary Roach

Title: Stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers

Genre: Non-Fiction

Publication Date: 2003

Number of Pages: 303

Geographical Setting: United States, the World

Time Period: 21st Century, historical references

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: Written with both humor and reverence, Roach explores the many scientific uses of human cadavers. Roach takes the reader through a variety of scenes in which dead bodies are used to benefit the living, including a college anatomy class, a plastic surgery seminar, and a vehicular crash test. Throughout the journey Roach provides insight into the odd and sometimes grotesque history of studying cadavers.

Subject Headings: Forensic Science, Medical Research, Human Experimentation in Medicine, Organ Transplants, Cannibalism

Appeal: engrossing, closely observed, issue-oriented, thought-provoking, details of forensic science, candid, compassionate, humorous, accessible, conversational, smart, unpretentious, vivid

3 terms that best describe this book: issue-oriented, thought provoking, humorous

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