onlyonebookshelf's review against another edition
Graphic: Medical trauma and Gore
despair0769's review against another edition
Roach does a great job in this book in including a wide-range of information on cadavers, including their place throughout history and their use in research in the past and into the present day. Stiff provides great educational content as well for those want to learn who want to learn about how donated cadavers are used for science, medicine, and more. And, I think that this book could help anyone form their opinion on what they want their cadaver used for after their death.
I want to mention as well that I generally enjoy reading micro-histories and other books that dive deep into the history of a very specific topic, but I often feel that some of these books struggle to meet the page count needed for an entire book. At times, it feels that the author is stretching to include tangential things that don't really feel useful to the book. But, I didn't feel that at all when reading the book. Roach does a great job of including interesting stories through and keeping the reading engaged.
Graphic: Body horror, Death, Gore, Blood, and Medical content
Moderate: Animal death, Cannibalism, Animal cruelty, and Excrement
It was fascinating to read about the UT body farm and ORNL's research on cadavers. It was also fascinating to learn about the options we all have for our remains.
Definitely not a book for the squeamish or for reading while enjoying lunch.