Pacifica (autumnwinds) wrote,

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I'm reading this really interesting book; Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. It's really facinating--everything like organ donation, the process of embalming, crash test dummies, using body damage to determine causes of airplane disasters, the process of putrefication and its uses in forensics...all of that. Plus, it's damn funny, which I really didn't expect.

But the thing I realized last night when I was reading it is: I have never seen a dead human being. I've seen lots of dead animals (and helped at a few necropies), but I've never seen a dead human. None of the memorial services I've been to have had a casket even present, and the only time I was at the hospital bed of a family member (my grandfather), I was about 8 years old, it was in Missouri, and he died a few months after our visit.

Have you seen a dead body? Who was it, and what were the circumstances?

shrike30 is excempt from this survey for obvious reasons, although I think he would enjoy this book.

Edit: I just remembered that I have seen preserved human fetuses (War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City). But I don't think that fully's harder to identify.
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