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Theaters of Anatomy: Students, Teachers, and Traditions of Dissection in Renaissance Venice Hardcover – July 7, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1421401423 ISBN-10: 1421401428 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (July 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421401428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421401423
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this innovative study, Klestinec recasts the history of early modern anatomy around students, teachers, and pedagogy, rather than authors, illustrators, and publication. In the process, she not only bridges the gap between Andreas Vesalius and William Harvey, but offers a provocative and convincing description of the cultural dynamics that produced the first great anatomy theaters.

(Katharine Park, Harvard University)

Well-researched, interesting and enlightening. The author does a fantastic job covering the topic.

(Vicki R. Book Bargains and Previews)

Cynthia Klestinec's Theaters of Anatomy is a scrupulous, wide-ranging, and thoughtful exploration of the staging of Renaissance anatomy. It is also a meticulous revisionary study that boldly and (for the most part) triumphantly sets out to challenge a good many of the perceived ideas surrounding the study of Renaissance dissection and anatomization.

(Jonathan Sawday Bulletin of the History of Medicine)

This text would well serve anyone interested in the history of medicine, science studies, and theories of the body.

(Annette Burfoot Canadian Bulletin of Medical History)

Thanks to Klestinec's clear style and focused argument, Theaters of Anatomy will be appreciated by students as well as specialist readers.

(Alexandra Bamji Isis)

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Cynthia Klestinec is an assistant professor of English at Miami University, Ohio.

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By Patti Chadwick VINE VOICE on October 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Let me start by saying that this is not a book that everyone will enjoy. I'm a medical student and I was asked to take a look at this book and review it. Since I find the topic fascinating I agreed. While it is by nature a very technical book, I knew that going in. I found it very well written and readable. It was well-researched, interesting and enlightening. The author does a fantastic job covering the topic and while she does give her opinion she leaves much room for you to make up your own mind. I highly recommend it.
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