Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - Mary Roach

Oh my, what an interesting book!  I enjoyed the way it was written (serious, but with humor when needed).  From body snatching to studying the rate of decomposition to organ donation, this covered everything that I can think of.  I remember in college having the opportunity to dissect (well, the physical therapy students got to do it first) 3 cadavers in anatomy class.  That was a different experience. 

I have had patients donate their bodies to science at time of death (and when on hospice it's allowed and very easy, no coroner involvement since we go out and "pronounce.")  It's fairly simple to do; Medcure is the program used most often in the deaths I've attended (in case of interest, it's linked).