Focus on the end, not the means.

4/5

Stiff. The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Exactly what I expected it to be, but by no mans less enjoyable.
I imagine a book of this subject, written with no good humor whatsoever, would be absolutely painful to read… But I found the quick and seamless jokes, one of the best parts.
It is just so cleverly written. So funny, and interesting, but still never feels as if the author were taking the subject lightly (in a disrespectful way, that might offend some) while making it lighter (in a subject that be comfortably talked about, at least among some).

[…] a need to make human what otherwise a verges on the godlike: taking live organs from bodies and making them live in another body”

Besides all the interesting facts about the human body no the things we have been known to do with our dead, there were also lots of slightly disturbing facts to be shared. Don’t et me wrong, I’m not squeamish, most of the times… But even I make a face when we start talking bout eating candied human flesh or eating/drinking human feces.

“People were swallowing decayed human cadaver for the treatment of bruises”

All in all, it was a great book (as you can clearly see with my smiley face). Fun, interesting, slightly disturbing and quite enlightening. It made me think as much as it made me laugh… What else can you ask for?
He best part? We got all kinds of things… From organ donations, to whole body donations; body theft, to the disturbing history of surgery; all the way to cremation and human composting…
Seriously, I would be honestly be surprised if there’s anything left to say about human cadavers.

“I’m all for choices, in death as in life”

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