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Books, Journals, New Media
July 16, 2003


Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(3):407-408. doi:10.1001/jama.290.3.407

Mary Roach, a journalist and popular writer, became interested in cadavers as adjuncts to teaching, research, and therapy. For Stiff, she interviewed people who find cadavers, or parts thereof, useful in their activities, traveling as far as China to verify and nullify information. Personal interviews and quotes bring the reader into each site of cadaver use. The author's approach is positive and, for the most part, journalistic, although she waxes enthusiastic about cadaver extracts as dietary supplements in various afflictions.