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Confessions of a Knife Paperback – November 30, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0870136054 ISBN-10: 0870136054 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press; Reprint edition (November 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870136054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870136054
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,291,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Selzer is the author of numerous books and articles. He is a former surgeon and professor of surgery. Selzer taught writing at Yale University and is the recipient of dozens of awards and honors, including a Pushcart Prize, National Magazine Award (for his essays), an American Medical Writer's Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship. His work has been published in New American Review, Esquire, Harper's, and other periodicals.


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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
There is nothing so fragile as admitting ones frailties. Richard Selzer does this exquisitely. Always with integrity and self-reflections. Think of "Raccoon." Honestly, how would anyone except a soul of great depth understand the desperation of this patient. To be able to bring it to the level of great literature shows remarkable talent. Richard Selzer is my favorite writer beyond any doubt. I must recommend all of his other books, "Letters to a Young Doctor", "Mortal Lessons", "Down From Troy", etc. Make sure you catch "Raising the Dead" as well, which is a wonderful journalistic book. I was shocked however, to discover Cardizem ads scattered throughout. Ouch! Oh well, whatever it takes for other doctors to read and reflect cannot be all bad
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By Von Gardiner on March 31, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Wow, this is dull. There is no insight into life,medicine or surgery, but his own ramblings of how great and intellectual he is. What few surgical situations there are, are uninspiring.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Dave on August 15, 2013
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I'm a physician, albeit about 20 years young than Selzer. He is too preoccupied with his own sense of self-importance combined with a Zen Master approach to pondering general surgery. Real general surgeons tend to be knuckle-draggers that aren't predisposed to poetic reflection.
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3 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matt Payne on November 15, 2007
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If you're looking for a book about clinical medicine, or (as the title would seem to imply), surgery, please look elsewhere.

While it's obviously very well written, and even occasionally interesting, you need a college degree in literature to understand half (or more) of this book. Selzer spends far too much time trying to be Shakespeare and far too little time talking about the knife.

If you're looking to peel away layer after overbloated layer of superfluous metaphor to extract some semblance of medical relevance, then this is the book for you!

Look, it's not bad, it's just very misrepresented by its title.
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