Modern Marvels

Corpse Tech

Season 15, Ep 18, Aired 6/20/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Do you ever wonder what happens to your body after you die? You might be surprised to discover that the human body is host to a multitude of hidden secrets. Discover how coroners and forensic anthropologists use a body to both save lives and catch killers. Visit the University of Tennessee's famed "Body Farm," a crematorium, and one of the largest tissue banks in the United States.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Max Raphael

    Narrator

  • Don Cambou

  • Gloria L. Morris

  • Ron Nelson

  • Guy Thomas

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: They save lives, find murderers and teach a new generation how the human body works. They can be buried, embalmed, donated and cremated, they can even create a new habitat. If you work hard in life, just wait until you see what you can do after you're dead. Now, Corpse Tech, on Modern Marvels.

    Trivia (4)

    • According to a 2006 report there are just over 2,000 creamtories in the United States. California tops the list with 185 and North Dakota has the fewest with three.

    • In 1897 anthropologist George Amos Dorsey helped convict a Chicago sausage maker of murdering his wife, though no body was ever found. He identified bone fragments, lending support to the theory that she had been ground into sausage.

    • In the last 20 years there have been more than 10 million tissue transplants; in the last four decades, half a million cornea transplants.

    • Murdered civil rights activist Medgar Evers was so well preserved by embalming in 1963 that an autopsy performed in 1991 helped to finally secure the conviction of his killer.

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