Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Setting & Symbolism

Mary Roach
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University of California, San Francisco

The author frequently mentions the University of California, San Francisco and in particular its medical center as a facility that uses cadavers in medical training.

Gross Anatomy Lab

The gross anatomy lab is where young premedical students learn human anatomy by dissecting human cadavers.

Intaglio Nameplate

Created by Sir Astley Cooper these bone nameplates were given as gag gifts to friends. Their method of creation involved painting the friend's name on a piece of bone, force feeding this bone to a dog, and then later retrieving the bone via dissection.

The Cadaver of Mary Patterson

The 19th century anatomist, Robert Knox, preserved the cadaver of the prostitute Mary Patterson in a clear glass vat of alcohol.

University of Tennessee Medical Center

The University of Tennessee Medical Center plays host to the only field study of human decomposition in the world.

Eye Cap

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