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Starred Review. Though it never goes for the gross-out effect, this memoir is not for the squeamish. "You begin to learn to heal the living by dismantling the dead," says Montross, and though her recollections encompass all of her medical training, the narrative backbone of the story is her semester-long dissection of a human cadaver, from opening up the ribcage to removing the brain from the skull. Montross was a poet and writing teacher before she decided to become a doctor, and she peppers her account of the dismantling of her cadaver, Eve—so named because she has no belly button—with arresting imagery: to test the heart's semilunar valves ("little half-moons that work passively and without musculature"), she and another student take the organ to a sink and run tap water through it. Performing her own dissection leads Montross to explore the history of studying anatomy through corpses, which brings tantalizing detours to medieval Italian universities and saints' shrines. But she also recounts her earliest encounters with living patients, such as a heart-wrenching consultation with a man suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, who can communicate only by blinking. Her thoughtful meditations on balancing clinical detachment and emotional engagement will easily find a spot on the shortlist of great med school literature. (June 25)
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"[Raudman's] tone, like Montross's writing, is often irreverent and dryly funny, without ever being disrespectful." ---AudioFile --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Great book- I've purchased this for several friends as they went to start Med School.Published 1 month ago by pelegoddess
Boy, this book took me back to anatomy class experiences in physical therapy school. Would like to do it all over again! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donald E. Honey
This novel is truly a must read. Montross paints a clear picture of the struggles that new medical students will face within their first weeks of medical school, and through their... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Samantha Orr
This was a very profound experience for someone who has never even thought about human dissection before. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Norman H. Rosen
Wonderful book! Well-written, well-researched. I read it as a precursor to beginning an anatomy class for Physical Therapy and it was a great segue into the course.Published 4 months ago by Soly Long
I read this book as research for my own writing. While I'm not sure what I expected when I started, in addition to shedding light on the human body, death, and dissection as a key... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bethany
I really enjoyed this book. I am a medical student, and I first heard an excerpt of "Body of Work" read aloud at my own school's vigil for the bodies donated to us. Read morePublished 6 months ago by RJ
Excellent insight into the day-to-day experiences and revelations that all advanced medical students must deal with during their training. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Russ Heitz