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An Extremely Stiff Blog Post

stiff-blog-postIn the multimedia post I’ve created for the non-fiction book Stiff, by Mary Roach, I used many examples to show the central idea: You can help people – even after death – by donating your body to science. I found three quotes that perfectly matched this idea, so I marked them and wrote a description about why I thought it supported the idea. The book itself was about what would happen to your body if you donated it after death, and each chapter was a new example. The chapters had a wide variety, from doctors practicing surgery to human cadavers being eaten to prevent illnesses, and it was certainly interesting to read. I still can’t believe a book as intriguing as this exists.

Resources used: padlet.com.


  1. You have a very clear central idea and you have supported it with great evidence and excellent explanations. I really liked when you wrote how donating an organ not only helps save someone’s life, but it can also help the police force and ameliorate car designs: “If the cadavers comes out harmed in any way [after the experiment], the designers will know to change the car’s design” (Jane). The process of a dead people donating organs has happened in the past years. Katie Maiellano was a 22-year-old girl who had been in a car accident and was brain dead. Several years earlier, Katie had informed to her parents that she would want to be a donor, even though nobody in the family had been one before. After the family members agreed on letting Katie become a donor, she was able to donate her liver, kidney, and pancreas to others in need. Her kidney was donated to a 13-year-old girl and her kidney and pancreas were given to a man who was suffering from diabetes. I think that people who volunteer to donate their own organs after death are very inspiring. Would you donate your organs to science? If so, why?

    • Jane S

      December 15, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks for your comment! Yes, I would definitely donate my body to science. I’d be dead anyway, and keeping my body for any other reason just isn’t good enough. It honestly wouldn’t affect me at all, and I want to die knowing that my organs has helped someone become healthy and alive again.

  2. Hi Jane!
    I think your central idea was very clear and concise while your quotes strongly supported them. The explanation under your quotes were really detailed and helped me understand specifically what happens after the donation of dead bodies. I have especially liked how you mentioned that donated dead bodies are observed and used to understand a crime, “When there is a donated cadaver that’s fresh, police and detectives will inspect and analyze it to see how bodies decay and rot over time. This will allow the police force to further understand what they seat a crime scene, and possibly save a life or avenge an innocent victim’s death” (Jane) because organ transplantation isn’t the only thing you can do with donated bodies unlike what most people think. However, I definitely still find organ transplantation fascinating. I was really surprised when I heard the success of brain transplantation but also sad hearing that the person passed away after 7years. I would like to add on to Angela’s question above and see if you would change your mind after reading this. As long as I know, organ transplantation can only take place when you are braindead, not totally dead. There are quite a lot of stories being told that people woke up after years and years of coma (I’ve heard up to 5 years). If you or your family weren’t fully dead and you/they still had a slight chance of coming back to life, would you choose to donate the body or wait and observe?

    • Jane S

      January 21, 2017 at 7:35 am

      Great comment! Sorry I saw it so late 🙁 My first priority is, of course, to save my family. Even if there was a slight chance they’d wake up, I would take it. This would not affect the use of the organs after death, though, because similarly, if someone dies a few years later, their organs could still be used to help people.

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