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Introduction 1. A HEAD IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE Practicing surgery on the dead 2. CRIMES OF ANATOMY Body snatching and other sordid talesfrom the dawn of human dissection 3. LIFE AFTER DEATH On human decay and what can be done about it 4. DEAD MAN DRIVING Human crash test dummies and the ghastly, necessary science of impact tolerance 5. BEYOND THE BLACK BOX When the bodies of the passengers must tell the story of a crash 6. THE CADAVER WHO JOINED THE ARMY The sticky ethics of bullets and bombs 7. HOLY CADAVER The crucifixion experiments 8. HOW TO KNOW IF YOU'RE DEAD Beating-heart cadavers, live burial, and the scientific searchfor the soul 9. JUST A HEAD Decapitation, reanimation, and the human head transplant 10. EAT ME Medicinal cannibalism and the case of the human dumplings 11. OUT OF THE FIRE, INTO THE COMPOST BIN And other new ways to end up 12. REMAINS OF THE AUTHOR Will she or won't she? Acknowledgments BibliographyLibrary of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Human experimentation in medicine, Dead, Human dissection