- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 22, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1461131154
- ISBN-13: 978-1461131151
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,332,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Bone$: A personal account of a "body broker's" thirteen year journey through the legal and lucrative body parts business Paperback – June 22, 2011
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Aside from the facts and the company/institutions names for my own research purposes, I wanted to see how Guyette wrote about himself. I was not surprised or disappointed.
He wrote in painstaking detail about body chopping—he barely mentions his family and friends.
He wrote detailed complaints about the small details the media got wrong about him—he doesn’t write a single word about his trial.
He claimed he “felt rotten” about forging paperwork to get rid of the going-stale bodies—he then went to great lengths to blame his inferior competition, persecuting, stupid customers for trusting him and not catching the “mistake”. Once he made the “mistake” (aka crime to the rest of us) and passed it off, it was—in his eyes—no longer HIS “mistake”, it now became THEIR crime.
The FDA became a persecutor for ridiculously expecting him to keep the paperwork for the time he was required by law to keep the paperwork. I mean, if he changes business names, the law no longer applies to him, right? Duh, any stupid reader should be able to figure that out!
The guy clearly has the sociopathic social skills of a dung beetle and prefers to deal with dead bodies because they remain in the role he assigns other people—that of prop and/or product.
There’s no doubt in my mind that he “cut corners” his entire career, but doesn’t mention anything he never got caught for. And when he did get caught, he mentions ONE time that he “felt rotten” about what he did, and then spends the entire remainder of the book minimizing his actions and blaming others for being too stupid to have immediately caught "THE (not HIS) mistake". It’s clearly very important to him to see himself as smarter, better, more successful and richer than all the “props” around him.
Body chopping isn’t just a job to him—he’s passionate about reducing “props” into smaller and smaller denominators. He has no loved ones, only connections that he seeks to surpass—and that’s why to him the dead aren’t loved ones, they are PRODUCTS. He uses a lot! Of! Exclamation! Points! When he talks about (a) his rise up the ladder to “success”, (b) his unjust persecution for the one and only “mistake” he’s ever made in his entire life, and (c) his new techniques for reducing PRODUCTS to smaller and smaller pieces worth more and more money. Guyette clearly enjoys writing gory details in a matter-of-fact manner, because the shock value makes him feel power over others.
And this, friends and neighbors, is what the far end of the personality disorder spectrum looks like. You’ll never get past the evasions, justifications, or callousness, because there’s nothing else behind that mask.
I just read Heads Shoulders Knees & Bone$ by Philip J. Guyett Jr. Its about the body and tissue donation program. What really happens to some bodies when donated. You'll be surprised!
What started out to be a great business in doing the right thing for the right reasons ended up costing him everything he had and more. Its a true story of just one person and what can happen to anyone in that business.
Because of one co. not doing one thing that "they" were responsible for and because Mr. Guyett trusted them to do the right thing and they didn't, and left him to take the blame for everything, Mr. Guyett made a bad choice and it cost him eight years of his life in federal prison, his wife, and kids.
If anyone is interested in donating their body to science read this book first. It might make you rethink your decision.
Just picture dead and naked bodies hanging in cooler rooms and held up by hooks in both ears!
Great book and a real eye opener.