Table of Contents
   Introductionp. 9
   A Head is a Terrible Thing to Waste: Practicing surgery on the deadp. 19
   Crimes of Anatomy: Body snatching and other sordid tales from the dawn of human dissectionp. 37
   Life After Death: On human decay and what can be done about itp. 61
   Dead Man Driving: Human crash test dummies and the ghastly, necessary science of impact tolerancep. 87
   Beyond the Black Box: When the bodies of the passengers must tell the story of a crashp. 113
   The Cadaver Who Joined the Army: The sticky ethics of bullets and bombsp. 131
   Holy Cadaver: The crucifixion experimentsp. 157
   How to Know if You're Dead: Beating-heart cadavers, live burial, and the scientific search for the soulp. 167
   Just a Head: Decapitation, reanimation, and the human head transplantp. 199
   Eat Me: Medicinal cannibalism and the case of the human dumplingsp. 221
   Out of the Fire, Into the Compost Bin: And other new ways to end upp. 251
   Remains of the Author: Will she or won't she?p. 281
   Acknowledgmentsp. 293
   Bibliographyp. 295