Thursday, March 16, 2006

Book about buying and selling human remains

Taken from BoingBoing:

Wired News reviews a book called Body Brokers: Inside America's Underground Trade in Human Remains, which sounds fascinating:
In her book, Cheney travels from coast to coast, tracking the fates of the tens of thousands of dead bodies that end up in the "cadaver trade" each year. The corpses --including those donated for medical research and those left unclaimed at morgues --"are cut up into parts, not unlike chickens, and distributed through a complex network of suppliers, brokers and buyers," Cheney writes.
In Miami, she watches urological surgeons learn how to remove kidneys by poking into torsos in the Ocean Room of the Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort. In Gainesville, Florida, she takes a tour of a factory where crushed human bone is turned into precision-tooled orthopedic tools. And throughout, she finds plenty of people in the body-part business who really wish she'd go away.


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