Corpses, Cadavers, and Other Grave Matters
112p. 978-0-76133-851-2.
Gr 7 Up—Murray, a forensic anthropologist, has written a book that deals with the scientific aspect of life and death. Her experience as a teacher of anatomy and physiology comes through as she explains the living body, what happens when systems shut down, and how postmortem remains can give evidence to solve crimes and the mysteries of diseases. Some controversial subjects such as stem-cell research and euthanasia are presented but readers are left to develop their own opinions based on the facts offered. First-person accounts of terminally ill patients and those working in the fields of pathology, hospice, and anatomy clarify subjects presented in the chapters. Color photographs are included throughout, some of which are potentially disturbing. The glossary and bibliography are extensive and helpful. This book provides information for those who are curious about a subject that is not easy to discuss.—Denise Moore, O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD
From the conditions necessary to keep a body alive, to disease and other causes of death, to post-mortem changes and the final stages of decomposition, this book takes a head-on look at the subject. Murray's informative text is enhanced by well-chosen photos and sidebars, which also help to lighten the impact of the sometimes difficult subject matter. Websites. Bib., glos., ind.

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