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Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery 1st Edition
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I literally fell into Dr Selzer's writing style. I bought this book ...blind, so to speak. I didn't know what to expect. I'm glad I was compelled to take a chance on it. I wish he were MY doctor.
First and foremost, students need to be exposed to more non-fiction. This novel meets that criteria. The students also need to be exposed to rich language. Selzer's essays are all so rich in metaphors, allusions, and imagery that a reader can gain more from each new reading. I use part of his essay "The Knife" in class when I am focusing on imagery. The pictures he paints are so vivid that every student can visualize it. Some of the girls were a bit squeamish about the subject of surgery, but everyone agreed that Selzer's work is an outstanding example of a mature writer with complete control of his craft that is purposefully creating meaning with his use of specific, concrete details and imagery.
Along with imagery and details, one could easily use Selzer's works to teach allusion. Selzer's use of a wide range of allusions enriches his texts. I have never read a single one of his works that didn't include myriad allusions. These allusions add to the meaning of the texts, and they also serve to build ethos in the reader by revealing an erudite writer.
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Mortal lessons , notes on the art of surgery, written by an Richard Selzer is recomended to anyone who would like insight into the mind of an accomplised surgeon and a first rate... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert Glaser
I saw a quote from this book cited in another reading and read the abstract. i bought this for my son who is on his way to be a doctor and may want a more complex view.Published 16 months ago by patricia britt
A great book, I ate it up. Wonderful writing and vocabulary. Selzer describes many human organs and the lore surrounding them. Very little that was dry or overly technical.Published 18 months ago by P. Carle
I don't know when he lost me. Probably mid way through when he stopped talking medicine and went onto various page filling topics.Published 20 months ago by Alexis S. Wagner
This is an amazing book. Richard Selzer loves both medicine and language. The essays were such a joy to read.Published on May 21, 2014 by John