"Stiff" is an oddly compelling, often hilarious 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, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way. In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries from the anatomy labs and human-sourced pharmacies of medieval and nineteenth-century Europe to a human decay research facility in Tennessee, to a plastic surgery practice lab, to a Scandinavian funeral directors' conference on human composting. In her droll, inimitable voice, Roach tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.
Ora, se il titolo di un libro mi dice che leggerò di cadaveri e del loro utilizzo, mi sembra davvero inaccettabile che poi almeno un terzo del suddetto libro parli di vivisezione, cioè sperimentazione su animali vivi. Perché di leggere di
..." cadaveri l'ho scelto, ma di animali no! E siccome evito come la peste libri che trattano quell'argomento perché lo aborrisco fortemente, ho trovato molto fastidioso (per usare un eufemismo) trovarlo ampiamente trattato qui. Avrebbe potuto essere una lettura interessante (non certo gradevole, beninteso, anche se l'autrice tratta l'argomento con ironia e leggerezza), invece mi ha solo disgustata (anche se ho saltato a piè pari alcuni passaggi troppo forti per i miei gusti).Continua...Nascondi
Roach had so far written 3 books. This is her first one, which is about human cadavers. The second one tells stories about spirits and afterlife. And the third one is on sex. As Roach says she's a voyeur, I really can't agree more.I expected Stiff
..."d Stiff would focus on the usages of cadavers in modern science, I was a little disappointed after the first few chapters. When she mentioned about decapitation and head transplants, she took a sensational approach instead of a scientific manner. The chapter of cannibalism looks empty to me. I prefered to understand more about the workability of having candavers as a medical cure, as Roach claimed there's a long history in the East.
Overall, this is more likely to be a book of neophilia which dressed as a pop science writing. .