Body Brokers: Inside America's Underground Trade in Human Remains

Body Brokers: Inside America's Underground Trade in Human Remains

?You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.? ?Epictetus ?Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will follow.? ?Matthew 24:28 Body Brokers is an audacious, disturbing, and compellingly written investigative exposť of the lucrative business of procuring, buying, and selling human cadavers and body parts. Every year human corpses meant for anatomy classes, burial, or ?You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.? ?Epictetus ?Wherever the corpse is, th...

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Title:Body Brokers: Inside America's Underground Trade in Human Remains
Author:Annie Cheney
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Body Brokers: Inside America's Underground Trade in Human Remains
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Body Brokers: Inside America's Underground Trade in Human Remains Reviews

  • Allyson
    May 01, 2007
    This books gives an amazing inside perspective on donating your body to science. It gives some great information on the underground trade in human remains (even if you don't intend to donate your body). It tells you how hospitals, morgues, and mortuaries get involved in the black marke...
  • Kristi
    Sep 08, 2007
    This work of non-fiction is a quick read, but intensely gruesome and horrifying. It will make you look at human death and what happens to bodies afterwards in a whole new light. I found myself having to take breaks for a few deep breaths. It would make one heck of a horror film, and al...
  • Alane
    Jul 02, 2008
    A dangerous read if you were planning on being cremated, autopsied, or donating your body to science. ...
  • Rufussenex
    Aug 13, 2008
    Cheney's account of brokers stealing morgue cadavers slated for cremation and cutting them up for sale like so many pieces of meat makes a lie of the whole facade of benevolent, scientific, medical altruism in America. We, in short, have reached the inevitable conclusion of Capital...
  • Caitlin
    Jun 21, 2011
    Beginning with the clever little quote "you are a little soul carrying around a corpse, this was an intriguing, eye-opening, stomach-turning book for me. The Fed-Ex truck may be carrying body parts down the highway... Who knew? Definitely glad I plucked it from the library shelf. ...
  • DJ
    Apr 21, 2009
    I really had no clue there were groups that trafficked in body parts and human remains, so this was quite the eye-opener. Today, when orga and tissues transplants are becoming commonplace, this book presents some information worth keeping in mind. Where did they find that new part REAL...
  • Tyrannosaurus regina
    Jun 02, 2015
    I have a morbid fascination with this subject in general (though more with old school body snatching than modern incarnations), but this didn't really dig much further than what I already knew. All the same, it was more chilling that I'd been expecting, maybe because it hit closer to h...
  • Rebecca
    Mar 04, 2008
    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. ...
  • Judy
    May 30, 2008
    sounds gross but a really interesting look into what could really happen to your body after you die... i've been trying to ask my doctor friends if they ever encountered this dark side of the cadaver trade but no one's confirmed any of this yet for me... ...
  • Dan Smith
    Nov 13, 2008
    I read the article in Harper's Bazaar that resulted in this book- I have to say that I found the article more 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 ...
  • Jodi
    Mar 08, 2009
    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". ...
  • ‚ô• Sandi ‚Ě£
    Apr 21, 2012
    This book reminds me a lot of The Immoral Life of Henrietta Lacks - which I loved. It takes the disgusting process of brokering human body parts and weaves a really good non-fiction story. It reveals how this business has prospered from the grave robbers of the 1800's right up to the c...
  • Grant Trevarthen
    Dec 22, 2011
    Every family, at one time or another goes through the process of losing a loved one, along with the grieving process, you would hope that your loved one would be treated with respect and dignity....not so. In the U.S at least, there is a thriving industry for body parts and whole cor...
  • Quin Mathis-Peterkin
    Dec 10, 2017
    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..... ...
  • katyjanereads
    Nov 06, 2016
    1. My overall takeaway: Yes, there needs to be more regulations for corpses. Especially stories like Michael Brown and everyone who gets the bodies without family consent. But, if families donate the bodies to science and the bodies go to science no matter how they get there, who cares...
  • Breanna Morgan
    Jul 23, 2017
    2.5 Had some great research and was informative, but there was a huge amount of filler, there needed to be content of value ...
  • Bethany
    Jan 11, 2012
    This book will really give you the creeps. It is scary to think of what can be going on right under your nose. I know that it doesn't happen everywhere, and Cheney makes it quite clear that not all Funeral Homes, Universities, Hospitals and other institutions don't treat the deceased l...
  • g-na
    Feb 11, 2012
    An exposť on the not-so-legal market of bodies and body parts. It turns out there are people selling arms and legs, well, for an arm and a leg, all without the consent of the former owners. However, it'd be a pity if this book stopped people from donating their bodies and/or organs, a...
  • Amber
    Apr 17, 2016
    This was in interesting read and one of the few books out there on this subject. It did give some intriguing glimpse into the world but it feels like it just grazes the surface of the subject. It doesn't have alot of detailed information and focuses on the sensationalized cases without...
  • Tina
    May 05, 2018
    Very disturbing and very informative. Now I don?t know what to do with my body when I die! ...
  • Stephanie Stennett
    Aug 03, 2018
    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 twi...
  • Amanda Messerlie
    May 24, 2014
    In Body Brokers, Annie Cheney exposes the shadowy world of tissue procurement organizations and the various different people that work within the industry. I really enjoyed this book; it was interesting, well written, and Cheney provides a logical and well structured argument. A must r...
  • Christopher Lafuria
    Dec 15, 2017
    Quick read, but very informative and entertaining. The story about John Scott Harrison was nuts. ...
  • Heather
    Sep 12, 2014
    It was a very fast and interesting read. I learned and few things and I now know I will not be donating my body to science since the schools just cut you up and sell you for $50,000 or more. It is horrible that the money form the sales of your body parts does not go to the family you l...
  • Emma Corrigan
    Dec 06, 2015
    When speaking of grave robbers people often think of times of patrolling constables and brick streets, but Body Brokers gives a bone chilling into the modern day practice of harvesting and selling body parts. What happens after you die and what you THINK happens after you die may be tw...
  • Laura Walsh
    Aug 18, 2019
    Eye opening and disturbing - this book is having me rethink leaving my body to science! I'd almost rather be eaten by a shark or lion! All joking aside, though, the issue of 'donating' ones remains is one that people need to research a lot more closely if they are thinking about doing...
  • Sevenponds
    May 20, 2014
    It?s hard to imagine subject matter more cringe-worthy than the for-profit tissue and body business. Perhaps this explains the relative obscurity of Annie Cheney?s Body Brokers: Inside America?s Underground Trade in Human Remains, a muckraking exposť on this for-profit, shocking...
  • Crystal Robertson
    Sep 04, 2017
    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 stor...
  • Cabot
    Nov 16, 2016
    The book "Body Brokers" By Annie Cheney is an amazing book if your looking for gruesome descriptions of the process of brokering human body parts that some how turns into a good entertaining non-fiction book. Its a pretty dangerous read if your planning on being cremated, autopsied, or...
  • Cavak
    Sep 12, 2017
    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...