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Una exploración contagiosamente alegre de las crueles diligencias practicadas con algunos de nuestros cuerpos cuando, luego de la muerte, los abandonamos a su suerte en los umbrales de la tumba, este libro nos muestra cadáveres abiertos en canal y en el altar de la ciencia, difuntos que contribuyen al progreso de la medicina con los genitales perforados o los ojos extraídos, fiambres arrojados desde aviones o cosidos a balazos para verificar la eficiencia de nuevas armas, y despojos crucificados como Nuestro Señor o devorados por gusanos. Mary Roach ha escrito una obra que se adentra en el más allá para mostrarnos el lado más visible y deplorable de la otra vida.
First published April 17, 2003
Many people will find this book disrespectful. There is nothing amusing about being dead, they will say.Mary Roach brings cadavers into a whole new, sometimes painfully bright, light.
Ah, but there is.
The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruise ship. Most of your time is spent lying on your back.We get a bit of a history lesson with the sordid tales associated with body-snatching and the early medicine's need for atomically correct models.
Death. It doesn't have to be boring.
The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruise ship. Most of your time is spent lying on your back. The brain has shut down. The flesh begins to soften. Nothing much happens, and nothing is expected of you.If you read this book, you will undoubtedly have many “ick” moments (especially in the chapter about eating the dead, but there’s also that footnote about necrophilia on page 43...), but you should have even more laugh-out-loud moment, and maybe a few bemuse-the-other-bus-riders when you groan and laugh simultaneously, especially if they see the cover of the book.
Out behind the University of Tennessee Medical Center is a lovely, forested grove with squirrels leaping in the branches of hickory trees and birds calling and patches of green grass where people lie on their backs in the sun, or sometimes in the shade, depending on where the researchers put them.Isn’t it splendid the way she paints the bucolic scene, so typical of an introductory paragraph? Almost like the copy for a university marketing brochure. And then... you remember what this book is about.