First Cut: A Season in the Human Anatomy Lab

Paperback | October 1, 1998

byAlbert Howard Carter

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With humor, compassion, and wisdom, Howard Carter recounts the semester he spent watching first-year medical students in a human anatomy lab. From the tentative early incisions of the back, the symbolic weight of extracting the heart, and by the end, the curious mappings of the brain, we embark on a path that is at once frightening, awesome, and finally redemptive.

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Albert Howard Carter’s unusual work explores the human body and our reaction to it. First Cut chronicles his observations watching first year medical students dissect human cadavers throughout an entire semester. This book provides a blend of humour, compassion and also wisdom. Readers should prepare to view second hand the extraction ...

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With humor, compassion, and wisdom, Howard Carter recounts the semester he spent watching first-year medical students in a human anatomy lab. From the tentative early incisions of the back, the symbolic weight of extracting the heart, and by the end, the curious mappings of the brain, we embark on a path that is at once frightening, aw...

Howard Carter is a professor of Comparative Literature and Humanities at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has written extensively on the interface of the humanities and medicine.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.18 × 5.54 × 0.84 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:PicadorLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031219546X

ISBN - 13:9780312195465

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Albert Howard Carter’s unusual work explores the human body and our reaction to it. First Cut chronicles his observations watching first year medical students dissect human cadavers throughout an entire semester. This book provides a blend of humour, compassion and also wisdom. Readers should prepare to view second hand the extraction of the heart and the strange working of the brain.

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"A warmly engaging, cheerful and utterly winning book... as engrossing as any novel, as thoughtful as the most searching memoir, as suggestive as any contemporary scientific essay." -Fred Chappell, The Raleigh News & Observer"Carter provides insight into a critical aspect of medical training, and an unusually intimate, even arresting, view of the bodies we have and the bodies we will become." -Publishers Weekly"[A] compelling book...The author treats all parties, living and dead, with honesty, respect, and kindness throughout." -The Bloomsbury Review