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Stiff Project

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Arely Mata

on 13 November 2014

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Transcript of Stiff Project

Brief narration of Stiff
Mary Roach makes it a point to describe that there are many different options when it comes to disposing remains. From practice for plastic surgeons, to test 'dummies' for crash resistance in cars, to dissection labs in universities everywhere. Roach reveals unknown facts about what can be done with our bodies after one passes.
The setting consists of multiple universities, medical centers and research centers around the world

Since the book is nonfiction and based off of the authors personal experiences, we considered the only main character to be Mary Roach, herself.
Stiff: The Curious Lives Of Cadavers by Mary Roach
Mary Roach
Crimes of Anatomy
This is closely modeling what Roach is talking about in chapter 1. Plastic surgeons often practice on human cadavers.
From Etna, New Hampshire

Writes for National Geographic, New Scientist, Wired, and The New York Times

Other Books by Mary Roach
Tissue Digestion
Remains Of The Author

This chapter talks about how the bodies
of people who died in plane crashes tell
the story of the crash.
How To Know If You're Really Dead
This chapter talks about what to with your remains, if you had a healthy life, in order to save others lives.
Life after death is mostly composed of decomposition. Roach describes the different stages of decomposition and how multiple components of the body help scientists know how long the person has been dead.
Military funded and worked on cadaver ballistics research
A Head Is a Terrible Thing To Waste
Just a Head
This chapter talks about whether or not the head can be transplanted onto another body.
The Cadaver Who
Joined the Army
Beyond The Black Box
Life After Death
Out of the Fire, Into The Compost Bin
Holy Cadaver
Mary discusses the fate of her remains
Before the donation of cadavers, cemetery thieves were the main source of bodies for early researchers.
Dead Man Driving
Eat Me
The crazy idea that cannibalism can be medicinal is addressed in this chapter.
Human Cadavers used in car accident testings.
Animal cadavers
also used in car
accident testings.
Cadavers were once tested to see how Jesus Christ was on the cross. They were placed similar to his position on a cross.
Figurative Language
extended metaphors
rhetorical questions
Main Claims
1.There are many things you can do with your body that can help science advance.
Chapter 1: A head Is A Terrible Thing to waste
Chapter 8: How to know if you're really dead.
2. The use of cadavers has changed over time.
Evidence for Claim 2:
"In the grand bazaars of twelfth-century Arabia...Mellified man...The subject does not eat food, he only bathes and partakes of honey. After a month he only excretes honey (the urine and feces are entirely honey) and death follows. His fellow men place him in a stone coffin full of honey in which he macerates. The date is put upon the coffin giving the year and month. After a hundred years the seals are removed. A confection is formed which is used for the treatment of broken and wounded limbs. A small amount taken internally will immediately cure the complaint." (pg 221-222)
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