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Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co
ISBN10: 0393324826 ISBN13: 9780393324822 DDC: 611 LCC: R853 Edition: (pbk.)


Includes bibliographical references. A head is a terrible thing to waste : practicing surgery on the dead -- Crimes of anatomy : body-snatching and other sordid tales from the dawn of human dissection -- Life after death : on human decay and what can be done about it -- Dead man driving : human crash test dummies and the ghastly, necessary science of impact tolerance -- Beyond the black box : when the bodies of the passengers must tell the story of a crash -- The cadaver that joined the army : the sticky ethics of bullets and bombs -- Holy cadaver : the crucifixion experiments -- How to know if you're dead : beating-heart cadavers, live burial, and the scientific search for the soul -- Just a head : decapitation, reanimation, and the human head transplant -- Eat me : medicinal cannibalism and the case of the human dumplings -- Out of the fire, into the compost bin : and other new ways to end up -- Remains of the author : will she or won't she?.


  • LCC: R853
  • Dewey Decimal: 611

Book Details

  • Language: eng
  • Physical Description: 303 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Edition Info: (pbk.)


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