Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers cover.jpg
Author Mary Roach
Country United States
Language English
Subject Science, Death
Genre Non-Fiction
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Publication date
Media type Hardback
Pages 304
ISBN 0-393-32482-6
OCLC 55230887

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers is a 2003 non-fiction work by Mary Roach. Published by W. W. Norton & Company, it details the unique scientific contributions of the deceased.

In the book, Roach gives firsthand accounts of cadavers, a history of the use of cadavers, and an exploration of the surrounding ethical/moral issues. She places each chapter's content into a historical context by discussing the history of the method of using a cadaver she is about to witness.

Stiff was a New York Times Bestseller, a 2003 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and one of Entertainment Weekly's Best Books of 2003. Stiff also won the Editor's Choice award in 2003, was voted as a Borders Original Voices book, and was the winner of the Elle Reader's Prize.[1] Stiff has been translated into 17 languages, including Hungarian (Hullamerev) and Lithuanian (Negyvėliai).[2] Stiff was also selected for Washington State University's Common Reading Program in 2008-09.[3]

Topics covered[edit]

The book covers 12 topics:


  1. ^ Roach, Mary. "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers". Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Roach, Mary. "Mary Roach". KQED. p. KQED Arts. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Pullman (12 September 2008). "WSU News Center". WSU News Center. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 

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