Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Though it never goes for the Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab – Kindle edition by Christine Montross. Download it once and read it on your . Montross, Christine Body of Work is a cleverly crafted memoir – or, rather, the first chapter of a memoir – of the author’s medical school. A “gleaming, humane” (The New York Times Book Review) memoir of the relationship between a cadaver named Eve and a first-year medical student Medical.

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I think I started it before my Mom died, and got just barely into it. At one point the author talks about returning home after a day in hcristine operating room and shares this thought with her partner: She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Jan 30, Tauna rated it really liked it Shelves: Four surgeons finally find the vessel and tie it. Montross through her wor – both human and medical.

Finally, I have finished this book! I bought this at a used book sale and noticed that I coincidentally ha e another of hers as well. I scrub my hair, brush my teeth twice, inhale water in my nose until I choke to try to rid it of the smell of the bone dust.

Overall, a nice book, tailor made for a gift to an incoming medical student; however, not quite as good of an examination on the experience as other books could be. I cannot judge someone by their looks just because they look different because we are the same on the inside. It is worth observing that when gesturing to ourselves, we do not point to our heads but to our hearts, and when we feel something deeply, we feel it in our “guts”. Jul 31, Leigh rated it really liked it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem?

At the opposite end of life, as she studies embryonic development, gender distinctions grow ever more fuzzy. I did not have nightmares, but the words in the book remain with you – wofk does any good book. First year medical student’s “meditations on mortality from the human anatomy lab. Instead of being disgusted by her, she was utterly intrigued-intrigued by the person the woman once was, montrosw by the sacrifice she had made in donating her body to science, fascinated by the strange, unsettling montgoss of the human form.


And, of course, they montross, but this book reminded me of dhristine much they do not — and perhaps cannot — know.

Bookface: Body of Work, by Christine Montross

The head is, after all — much more so than, say, the gall bladder — our most “human” body part. This last stage of dissection takes a steep toll on the students. Montross does the impossible: Montross presents an in depth look at human dissection. Kind of a mixed book for me. The author’s research into medical and anatomical history mkntross origins of her subject were well painted and I found myself seeking more visual examples of her topics.

Her rumination is ot and wide. We learn that even physical gender — one of the physiologic distinctions we take as the most basic — is not nearly the black-or-white, male-or-female, pink-or-blue differentiation we have classified it to be Instantly became a favorite.

Some may find the introspection excessive, particularly towards the end of the course,which is the end of the book.

Montross is a sensitive writer with beautiful prose. Preview — Body of Work by Christine Montross. I tried a few times over the years to get back into this book, but it didn’t happen for me. You are a little soul carrying around a corpse. This is the journey on which this book takes us.

This book is astoundingly beautiful. I would love for someone I know to read this too in order to discuss In he designed and helped build a “ship” and an ancient sampan for my school play. Such is the tension of a micro-analysis. But how many of these have I actually seen die? This book was fabulously written – and throughout my reading of it, I found myself wanting to know more about the lives of the cadavers, much the way the students likely would have during their studies.

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Organs and structures differ in size, in colour, and in some cases, in location. Once the thoracic dissection was done they were ready to begin the arm dissection. There was no evidence of major surgery inside Eve’s abdomen.

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While still alive, the Buddha said that all things could be learned from “this fathom-long body”. Not very grotesque at all.

Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab

I even read about the requirements of some of the local medical schools. Anthony; another trip to the anatomical wax sculptures museum in Bologna, where the author also observes the “incorrupt corpse of Santa Caterina” in a “small church called Corpus Domini” pages ; interspersed histories of the traffic of corpses for dissection, including the infamous Burke and Hare story; some flash-forwards to her second and third years; and a prolonged narration of the final illnesses of her grandmother and grandfather.

They first do the dissection of the thorax, or the chest cavity. When the brain is dead, our identities are no cgristine contained in this hunk of muscle, bone, and guts. I wanted to, and was very interested having studied anatomy and worki Finally, I have finished this book! Such is the risk of writing and reading a phenomenology of self-change.

It struck me as ironic that the one organ which looks pretty much the same from one cadaver to another is the same one in which I would expect to see the greatest variation: When I look at eighteen brains held in the hands of my classmates, I cannot differentiate one from another — not even in the way that one heart varied from another, or muscles did, or bones.

Despite bofy apparently incongruous collection of such asides, the author makes it work smoothly, if not seamlessly. That lesson, when I am called to treat critically ill patients who no longer appear human, and prisoners, and demented grandfathers who are dying and angry and scared, is the lesson I hope beyond all else to have absorbed.