Impossible (and irreverent) as it may sound, Roach has written a book about corpses that’s both lively and fresh. She traveled around the globe to conduct her forensic investigations, and her findings are wryly intelligent. While the myriad uses for cadavers recounted are often graphic, Roach imbues her subject with a sense of dignity, choosing to emphasize the oddly noble purposes corpses serve, from organ donation to lifesaving medical research.
Readers will come away convinced of the enormous debt that we, the living, owe to the study of the remains of the dead. And while it may not offer the answer to the ancient mystery we were hoping for, Stiff offers a strange sort of comfort in the knowledge that, in a sense, death isn’t necessarily the end.
Categories: All-or-Nothing Thinking, BEHAVIOR, Beliefs, Biases, Change, Complex Realities, Cultures, Empathy, Extreme Thinking, Family, Fear of the Unknown, Friendships, Gender Roles, Ideologies, Information/Facts, Insincerity, KNOWLEDGE, Learning, Learning from Failures, Logic, Logical Ethics, Negative Thinking, Other People Exist, Planning, Quantity vs Quality, Regrets, Relationships, Science, Social Skills, Societies, THINKING, This or That Thinking, Unhealthy Behavior, and What Should Be
Author: Mary Roach
Publisher: W. W. Norton Company
Publishing Date: 2004-05-17