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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It is sensitive, erudite, scholarly, and meticulously assembled; in fact, cristine gathers structure and coherence the more Eve disintegrates before our eyes. The themes and musings on our relationships to death hit on the same line as thoughts I have been having lately. I was stunned when the instructor said that they would be removing the heart on the first day in the anatomy lab, mainly due to the work involved with getting to that point from a new body combined with the students’ inexperience in dissection and the fine woek that could easily be destroyed by a slip of the scissors.

Body of Work

Quotes from Body of Work: Medicine is full of large contradictions. Apparently, chrishine medical students feel the same way, only some are made aware of these feelings through their instructors and peers and can talk about it, and others are just made to feel that it’s all you and in your head.

Dec 29, Lizzy rated it it was amazing. You are a little soul carrying around a corpse. Most nights in the dream space between wakefulness and sleep, I am boyd people.

Instantly became a favorite. As part of that training, she had to pass through the proving ground of the gross anatomy lab, where she was required to montrlss a human body. So will it be a boy or a girl? Some of them behold their cadavers’ faces for the first time. I was speaking with a bookish friend recently, and he mentioned Dr. There is not only the gathering of factual knowledge, but the growth of the spirit that takes place and certainly makes me realize that there are as many pieces in the emotional montrosz as are in the montrosa anatomy if one is to become a whole doctor who sees to their patients in the way that we would all like to be seen to.


Montross is an adequate writer but does paint a fascinating picture of what it looks like and feels like to explore the human body.

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

Sherwin Nuland’s book, How We Diewhich he hadn’t read. At pf time or another, they all wonder, are we desecrating this corpse, and if so, can the benefit justify it? It is a perfectly balanced juxtaposition of body and emotion, of human form and monttross spirit.

And thus in the realm of the superhuman there is no room for human frailty, and admission of it by one risks revealing the illusion of the many.

What do we have invested in the sanctity of the human body, and why? What is the appearance of the external sexual genitalia? I am in awe of every single person that embarks on the journey of going through medical school. I wanted to, and was very interested having studied anatomy and worki Finally, I have finished this bbody

Dec 28, Steve Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: Such is the tension of a micro-analysis. We find ourselves drawn into her world with our own questions and fears and qualms. Anthony; another trip to the anatomical wax sculptures museum in Bologna, where the author also observes the “incorrupt corpse of Santa Caterina” chrisyine a chgistine 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.

View all 4 comments. Honestly, I probably would have cried if I wasn’t reading through that bit in a shared office on my christin break.

I think that monhross of us who are not in the medical field view doctors as vastly knowledgeable and skilled. This is a deep and beautiful b Body of Work is written by a first-year med student, as she and her classmates dissect a human body. I tried a few times over the years to get back into this book, but it didn’t happen for me.

The fear comes from the fact that he is in a room full of otherwise relatively normal people, his friends, his colleagues, and we are all engaged in taking the faces off dead human beings. When I look at eighteen brains held in the worj of my classmates, I cannot differentiate one from another — not even in the way that one heart varied from another, or muscles did, or chrristine.


I montfoss it to be profound, enlightening, and moving and would encourage anyone who’s ever been curious about human dissection to read it. Can make some readers a little queasy at times but re Ms. This is based upon the audio download from [ http: I will read it again and again, as you should.

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What one cannot quite comprehend, in the end, is that no matter what is done to the body, it has absolutely montros effect on the person who once inhabited it. Overall, a nice book, tailor made for a gift to an incoming medical student; however, not quite as good of an examination on the experience as other books could be.

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She takes us through the entire semester – cbristine more precisely the spiritual journey she undergoes. More heartbreaking are the interviews with real patients, who look hopefully and expectantly to the first-year medical students in their authority-conveying white coats. But read it anyway, because it’s beautiful, and you’ll come out of it more appreciative for the human body, and modern medicine, and the compassion that can exist between two strangers, even when one of them is no longer alive.

She finds that they both have the same sized feet. Can make some readers a little queasy at times but read well worth the effort.

And what did you want? Is this cadaver “human”?

An example of this is that everyone I see I find something distinctive about them that is so beautiful. Excellent read on many levels.

Body of Work is written by a first-year med student, as she and her classmates dissect a human body. Montross’ story of her hands on experience in dissecting a cadaver dubbed Eve to learn anatomy grows monotonous with each dissection tale and learning. Each team of four students is allotted one cadaver. Not very grotesque at all. Bodt may find the introspection excessive, particularly towards the end of bdy course,which is the end of the book. Montross is also an award-winning poet on our feelings about the treatment of dead bodies.