Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab
Body of Work Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab Author:Christine Montross This is a hauntingly moving memoir of the relationship between a cadaver named Eve and the first-year medical student who cuts her open. Christine Montross brings an uncommon perspective to the emotional difficulty of the first year of medical school, and her disturbing, often entertaining anecdotes enrich this exquisitely crafted memoir, endowi... more »ng an eerie beauty to the world of a doctor-in-training.« less
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In an extraordinarily sensitive and present way, Christine Montross shares her journey through the early period of being a medical student. This story centers around the anatomical dissection of a cadaver that herself, becomes a metaphoric vehicle for reflecting on many things human. I don't recall ever finding such a slow page-turner: for the simple reason that I did not want to rush through this lovely piece of writing and have it end too soon. Anyone considering a career in the health professions and everyone else who's ever considered what being human is all about should read this! Guess that covers all of us...A real gem of a read. This author knows how to craft words - "meditations" indeed...
I gave up half way through, and I never do that. I found it extremely boring, no humor or even anything amusing in this book. Really dry, like reading from an encyclopedia. Lots of history, lots of facts, lots of information. No personality.
This is really a marvelous book. It is very well written, very poetic and visual (sometimes unfortuantely so). The author ties in an abundance of historial information with her present reaction. Reading might be uncomfortable for some but I found it a fascinating peek into the world of medicine and the human spirit.