An oddly compelling, often hilarious forensic exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.
For two thousand years, cadavers some willingly, some unwittingly have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines,... read more
“While I have no preconceived notions of the hereafter, I stand firm in my convictions that it should not take the form of someone else's underpants.”Mary Roach
“The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruiseship. Most of your time is spent lying on your back. The brain has shutdown. The flesh begins to soften. Nothing much new happens, andnothing is expected of you.”Mary Roach
1. A HEAD IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE: Practicing surgery on the dead
2. CRIMES OF ANATOMY: Body snatching and other sordid tales from the dawn of human dissection
3. LIFE AFTER DEATH: On human decay and what can be done about it
4. DEAD MAN DRIVING: Human crash test dummies the ghastly, necessary science of impact tolerance
5. BEYOND THE BLACK BOX: When the bodies of the passengers must tell the story of a crash
6. THE CADAVER WHO JOINED THE ARMY: The sticky ethics of bullets and bombs
7. HOLY CADAVER: The crucifixion experiments
8. HOW TO KNOW IF YOU'RE DEAD: Beating-heart cadavers, live burial, and the scientific search for the soul
9. JUST A HEAD: Decapitation, reanimation, and the human head transplant
10. EAT ME: Medicinal cannibalism and the case of the human dumplings
11. OUT OF THE FIRE, INTO THE COMPOST BIN: And other new ways to end up
12. REMAINS OF THE AUTHOR: Will she or won't she?
We’re hiding the errata, movie connections, books that influenced this book, books influenced by this book and books that cite this book sections. If you would like to add content to them, you must first make them visible.