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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They are a blatant and unapologetic promotion of Hairi’s work. Such is the risk of writing and reading a phenomenology of self-change.

Where, then, in the crenellations of the brain’s tissue is the explanation for how a man’s reason can depart? Kind of a mixed book for me. When is a person alive, and when dead? Oct 19, Marvel rated it liked it. Why, for that matter, don’t we just put Granny on the curb for pick-up with the garbage and compost?

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. What saves the book is interwoven history.

Another book that made me contemplate my decision not to pursue my dreams of attending medical school. Many people are afraid of them because they are cold and unresponsive.

Body of Work

She lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Hertzler to William A. The dissection takes all of the first semester at Brown Medical School, a period of four months. While it was not very conscious for me, I think I needed to not read about dead human bodies in the context of dissection for a while. I would recommend this book, Body of Work by Christine Montross, to those who are intrigued by the workings of the body.

Montross ponders a patient who is yellow in colour, has no sign of any brain or nervous system activity, and is kept alive by machinery which performs the barest critical motnross.

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

Her devotion to Eve is remarkably, almost achingly moving, and her philosophical musings of life, death and the nature of human relationships are at once viscerally familiar and universally relatable. Sep 05, Tom Quinn rated it it was amazing. Dec 28, Bryan Zorko rated it liked it.


This is not a book that rails against the medical profession and those in it. Why do we have such elaborate funerary rites with open caskets and flowers and prayers? When they have finished their full dissection of Eve, she is prepared for cremation. Full understanding is impossible. However, it also drove home a point that I wish I had known a few years ago. An example of this is that everyone I see I find something distinctive about them that is so beautiful.

I did enjoy reading it, but I was disappointed chrisrine all the exaggeration when I finally started doing dissections of my own. I was speaking with a bookish friend recently, and he mentioned Dr. A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science. Many people never give death a moment’s thought, let worrk plan for it.

This is one of those rare reads that got into my marrow and changed at least for a time, if not forever my way of thinking about things; not merely mortality christne the relationship of my physical being to that slippery concept of what constitutes a “self”, but much deeper truths. Apart from that, I have christne say I couldn’t identify with much of what else she wrote.

They first do the dissection of the thorax, or the chest cavity. Since Ms Montross often wonders about the real Eve and wishes she did know more, this book would make an interesting companion to Marshall Goldberg’s The Anatomy Lessonreviewed in this database. I never found her descriptions of the dissections or of her feelings that accompanied them as repetitive or dragging on, they were very much the same way I imagine I might feel – the ones I would be capable of that is – I do not think I have what it takes to saw open a skull and remove the brain or saw the pelvis in half and remove one leg and half the pelvic bowl from the rest of the body.

This last stage bldy dissection takes a steep toll on the students. Eve, despite being the smallest cadaver in the lab, had the largest stomach. May 31, Kristin rated it really liked it.

Montross is also an award-winning poet on our feelings about the treatment of dead bodies. I was given this book as a gift and just could not get into bldy.


What is male and what christind Why would we all recoil at such a violation? Possibly since it is not fiction – it’s very well written and as I said a great read but not the same as getting lost in a novel, something I love to do, and I think that took precedence over completing this book for quite some time. Given the subject chridtine is not easy reading – it is necessarily morbid.

The final takeaway I got from this book was that I almost definitely want to donate my body to science when I die. This is based upon the audio download from [ http: Miscellaneous The author is currently a resident in psychiatry at Brown University.

Anthony; another trip to the anatomical wax sculptures museum in Bologna, where the author also observes the “incorrupt corpse nody Santa Caterina” in montross “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.

Oct 28, Scott Breslove rated it really liked it.

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

As a former ICU nurse, I have had the privilege to be present at the death of many people, have seen them move from the state of animation to disanimation, from living to most clearly dead. A fascinating account of this “acceptable taboo” subject – namely, the medical dissection of the human body by medical students. We hear gritty, jaw-dropping details of cutting and sawing to reveal what is within the body.

I found that I couldn’t read this book with any level of distraction, it was so in depth and required much mental focus to thoroughly enjoy. The details, which some may find extensive and gruesome, were incredibly well handled with a level of respect that is difficult to master.

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