I read the article in Harper s Bazaar that resulted in this book I have to say that I found the article compelling and it seemed as is the author was stretching the story pretty thin It s an expose on the little known trade of human body parts in the USA that are used to market medical devices and techniques through training seminars As the product of a medical family and once very accustomed to opening the fridge to see if there was anything good to eat but being confronted by some deceased person s eyes staring back at me from a tall thin bottle not unlike the ones they sell fancy olives and cocktail onions in that my dad had removed post mortem to use for tissue grafts or corneal transplants and hadn t yet gotten around to taking to the office I wasn t as outraged at the use of these body parts for training purposes as I was that they are often taken for these purposes without consent or knowledge of the family members and that the suppliers are making gross pun intended profits from the sales The most interesting part of the book, in my humble opinion, was the middle section that summarized the history of the body trade in England and the United States I was already familiar with the grave robbing that went on in England and, of course, Mssrs Burke and Hare of Edinburgh who found it was easier just to murder people and be assured of a corpse in good condition rather than going to the trouble of digging up graves under cover of night, only to find that the body was too far gone to be of use What was completely new to me was the history of the same acts in our own land surprisingly, acording to the author, grave robbing was still a means of supplying bodies for medical research in the US even as late as the 1920s.The book was interesting, fairly gruesome in its details thankfully, NO photos and a quick read but from a literary or journalistic standpoint, I don t think that it stands out if only because of the subject matter. This book is like a horrible car crash you can t turn away from despite the carnage The subject matter was disturbing yet I read this cover to cover, only putting it down to sleep. A dangerous read if you were planning on being cremated, autopsied, or donating your body to science. This book was incredible, but I m too tired to write a decent review so will plan on doing that tomorrow All I have to say now is it is fascinating, gruesome, disheartening, and a must read. I ve read a good deal about bodies, and knew about the donation business, but this is so focused and detailed I don t have a particular reverence for bodies once expired, but if you donate yours for something specific and altruistic, it should be used that way Makes one think twice about donating one s to science, when it may very well end up making money for someone And the idea that untested tissue is used in surgery, because it saved someone money is stomach churning Totally unsurprised that Louisiana schools LSU and Tulane would be involved with this A state half under water and half under indictment, as we like to say here Wonder if Susan Collins ever got the senate to do anything, regulatory or otherwise. Honey, I wish I can scrub my brain and rid them of the nasty that is body brokers They sound like scumbags who only see the money and dress up their acts with flimsy justifications that it s all noble And begrudgingly, I have to admit that they do have a point a lot of people really don t know where their remains really go nowadays That s how they can posthumously get exploited, shipped into another state through UPS or FedEx, and dehumanized into being a product for their trade Ugh.My thanks to Cheney for doing the extensive research for this book Even if I was throughly grossed out by the first ten pages It definitely made me consider putting a thorough note about the handling of my carcass in my will I would like to see an updated version of this now that ten years have passed from this book s publication. Highly informational about the underground trade in a highly profitable commodity, my body Book got a little tedious and detailed in many places with regards to names and dates which got really confusing I just skipped over them and kept going Good information to read about and store in the back of your mind for idle party chitchat. You Are A Little Soul Carrying Around A Corpse Epictetus Wherever The Corpse Is, There The Vultures Will Follow Matthew Body Brokers Is An Audacious, Disturbing, And Compellingly Written Investigative Expos Of The Lucrative Business Of Procuring, Buying, And Selling Human Cadavers And Body Parts Every Year Human Corpses Meant For Anatomy Classes, Burial, Or Cremation Find Their Way Into The Hands Of A Shadowy Group Of Entrepreneurs Who Profit By Buying And Selling Human Remains While The Government Has Controls On Organs And Tissue Meant For Transplantation, These Body Brokers Capitalize On The Myriad Other Uses For Dead Bodies That Receive No Federal Oversight Whatsoever Commercial Seminars To Introduce New Medical Gadgetry Medical Research Studies And Training Courses And US Army Land Mine Explosion Tests A Single Corpse Used For These Purposes Can Generate Up To , As Journalist Annie Cheney Found While Reporting On This Subject Over The Course Of Three Years, When There S That Much Money To Be Made With No Federal Regulation, There Are All Sorts Of Shady And Fascinating Characters Who Are Willing To Employ Questionable Practices From Deception And Outright Theft To Acquire, Market And Distribute Human Bodies And Parts In Michigan And New York She Discovers Funeral Directors Who Buy Corpses From Medical Schools And Supply The Parts To Surgical Equipment Companies And Associations Of Surgeons In California, She Meets A Crematorium Owner Who Sold The Body Parts Of People He Was Supposed To Cremate, Generating Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars In Profits In Florida, She Attends A Medical Conference In A Luxury Hotel, Where Fresh Torsos Are Delivered In Igloo Coolers And Displayed On Gurneys In A Room Normally Used For Banquets That Torso That You Re Living In Right Now Is Just Flesh And Bones To Me To Me, It S A Product, Says The New Jersey Based Broker Presiding Over The Torsos Tracing The Origins Of Body Brokering From The Resurrectionists Of The Nineteenth Century To The Entrepreneurs Of Today, Cheney Chronicles How Demand For Cadavers Has Long Driven Unscrupulous Funeral Home, Crematorium And Medical School Personnel To Treat Human Bodies As Commodities Gripping, Often Chilling, And Sure To Cause A Reexamination Of The American Way Of Death,Body Brokers Is Both A Captivating Work Of First Person Reportage And A Surprising Inside Look At A Little Known Aspect Of The Death Care World Quick read, but very informative and entertaining The story about John Scott Harrison was nuts. Very enlightening and educational peek into what can truly occur when making the decision of how to handle after life decisions..A must read while living..
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- 240 pages
- Body Brokers: Inside America's Underground Trade in Human Remains
- Annie Cheney
- 17 October 2018 Annie Cheney