Body Of Work: Meditations On Mortality From The Human Anatomy Lab by Christine MontrossBody Of Work: Meditations On Mortality From The Human Anatomy Lab by Christine Montross

Body Of Work: Meditations On Mortality From The Human Anatomy Lab

byChristine Montross

Paperback | May 27, 2008

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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 student Christine Montross felt nervous standing outside the anatomy lab on her first day of class. Entering a room with stainless-steel tables topped by corpses in body bags was initially unnerving. But once Montross met her cadaver, she found herself intrigued by the person the woman once was and fascinated by the strange, unsettling beauty of the human form. They called her Eve. The story of Montross and Eve is a tender and surprising examination of the mysteries of the human body, and a remarkable look at our relationship with both the living and the dead.
Christine Montross is a practicing inpatient psychiatrist and an assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
Title:Body Of Work: Meditations On Mortality From The Human Anatomy LabFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.99 × 5.4 × 0.7 inPublished:May 27, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143113666

ISBN - 13:9780143113669


Rated 3 out of 5 by from If you enjoyed reading Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, you will enjoy this This was a difficult book in some ways- my interest in just finishing it waned frequently, even though it's only around 300 pages. It contains some descriptions of some gynecological surgeries as well as delivery complications and a fellow medical student's error that resulted in gruesome injury that made me feel ill. Some of it is just a bit boring, but there are some very interesting chapters about the history or dissection, and the clandestine acquirement (aka grave robbing) of cadavers, as well as the moral and spiritual quandary felt by many anatomists back in the 1800s and earlier. There are also some historical tidbits that were interesting. Did you know that the library of Edinburgh's Royal College of Surgeons has a set of books whose bound covers were made from the skin of William Burke? Burke was hanged for murders he committed in order to sell the bodies to a medical school, and the 1752 Murder Act stated that the corpses of executed criminals were to be donated to those very medical schools!. (The Murder Act was put on the books in the hopes of curbing the ever-increasing incidents of grave robbing). Overall, it's a good read, but it's very similar to, and not as interesting as "Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers", which was published a few years earlier.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Love this book. Written with such grace and sensitivity....hope to read more from this author. Answers so many questions you ever had about the human body. Also check out Mary roach's book Stiff for the lighter side of cadavers.
Date published: 2014-10-02

Editorial Reviews

? Eloquent and persuasive. . . . The author dissects her own emotions as deftly as she does . . . the cadaver, her pen as revelatory as her scalpel.?
?The New York Times Book Review

?An exceptionally thoughtful memoir . . . [a] beautiful book.?
?The Washington Post

?Unflinching . . . insightful . . . sparklingly lucid.?
?Entertainment Weekly