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Body of work : meditations on mortality from the human anatomy lab / Christine Montross.

Montross, Christine [Browse]
New York : Penguin Press, 2007.
295 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Summary note:
"Christine Montross was a nervous first-year medical student, standing outside the anatomy lab on her first day of class, preparing herself for what was to come. Entering a room with stainless-steel tables topped by twenty stiff corpses in body bags is shocking no matter how long you've prepared yourself. But a strange thing happened when Montross met her cadaver. Instead of being disgusted by her, she was utterly intrigued - intrigued by the person the woman once was, humbled by the sacrifice she had made in donating her body to science, fascinated by the strange, unsettling beauty of the human form. They called her Eve. This is the story of Montross and Eve - the student and the subject - and the surprising relationship that grew between them." "Body of Work is a mesmerizing, rarely seen glimpse into the day-to-day life of a medical student. Christine Montross was a poet long before she became a doctor and brings an uncommon perspective to the emotional difficulty of the first year of medical school - the dispiriting task of remaining clinical and detached while in the anatomy lab and the struggle with the line you've crossed by violating another's body when you leave." "Montross was so affected by her experience with Eve that year that she set out to learn more about the history of cadavers and the study of anatomy. Her journey took her from an autopsy lab in Ireland to the University of Padua in Italy where Vesalius, a forefather of anatomy, once studied; she learned about body snatchers and grave robbers and anatomists who practiced their work on live criminals. Her disturbing, often entertaining anecdotes from these journeys enrich this memoir, endowing an eerie beauty to the world of a doctor-in-training. Body of Work is an unforgettable examination of the mysteries of the human body and a remarkable look at our relationship with both the living and the dead."--BOOK JACKET.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [293]-295).
Other title(s):
Meditations on mortality from the human anatomy lab
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  • 1594201250
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