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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There is not only the gathering of factual knowledge, but the growth of the spirit that takes place and certainly makes me real I am in awe of every single person that embarks on the journey of going through medical school. Hardcoverpages.

There are many ways your donation can be used, and I would be happy to do something for science and academia. Such is the risk of writing and reading a phenomenology of self-change. Many people never give death a moment’s thought, let alone plan for it. From the start, the students wrestle with emotional and intellectual dilemmas: At the end of their dissection, Montross’ team has not determined why Eve has no belly-button.

We are so fortunate in this world that there are people who are willing to apply themselves to obtaining the knowledge and the deeper understanding that is required to be a doctor. They called her Eve. While still alive, the Buddha said that all things could be learned from “this fathom-long body”. Being an avid library book user, I rarely purchase books, but this one made its way to my bookshelf, complete with notes and page markings. THe semilunar valves work like a dream, catching the water as sails catch wind, closing fast and preventing any leakage.

But how many of these have I actually seen die? Sep 03, Mikey B. The examination of the history of anatomy study is what saved the book from the tossing pile for me. Once they are there, they decide to take the tape off the face.


Explores the full range of emotions that effect the new medical student. Dec 28, Bryan Zorko rated it liked it. This book both cemented my fascination with wanting to go to medical school or some further medical training, and also cemented the fact that I coul For me, this book was perfect and hit a perfect time.

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

I admit to woro somewhat reluctant to review this book, as if to do so is to finally let go of the experience of reading it, much like writing the epitaph of a loved one might mean another step in letting go of the fact of a life. The writing is fluid and easily transitions between the writer’s time in the lab and hospital and medical history involving the evolution of dissection.

I would recommend this book, Body of Work by Christine Montross, to those who are intrigued by the workings of the body. The student doctors must learn to take it all in with equanimity. Oct 28, Scott Breslove rated it really liked it. This is a deep and beautiful b Body of Work is written montrooss a first-year med chrristine, as she and her classmates dissect a human body.

Body of Work

Why would we all recoil at such a violation? Want to Read saving…. When is a person alive, and when dead? Such irregularities illuminate the staggering challenges of doctoring, especially of surgery. One of the first things I saw that was amazing was the thoracolumbar fascia, which is just a fancy name for a tough sheet of tissue that is used as a sort of honestly, I don’t know all of what it’s for anchoring point for some muscles, and protective covering. This is the centerpiece for her reflections on the human condition.

At one chrstine or another, they all wonder, are we desecrating this corpse, and if so, can the benefit justify it?

Books by Christine Montross. As she has no navel, another teammate suggests that they call her Eve.

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

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It is worth observing that when gesturing to ourselves, we do not point to our heads but to our hearts, and when we feel something deeply, we feel it in our “guts”.


Jan 18, Chloe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sherwin Nuland’s book, How We Diewhich he hadn’t read. As curistine clinician, with no true emotional stake in this person’s living or dying, why was I always moved by this experience? I read this book right before I began anatomy lab because my mom sent it to me. Much longer review later. Christine Montross, now a psychiatrist working at Butler Hospital in Rhode Island, wrote this memoir of her trials and tribulations in medical school, and her graphic descriptions of medical practices are written in a beautifully bpdy and intimate manner.

A very emotionaland interesting experience for those who have been through christkne, and for those who have not, the book will give you appreciation for those who have seen death in front of them.

The examination of the history of an Kind of a mixed book for me. What saves the book is interwoven history. Like the authors of every other med school book I have read, Montross was not a fresh-out-of-undergrad naive monttoss when she embarked on the medical school journey. Apparently, all 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 chrixtine to feel that it’s all you and in your head.

The dissection takes all of the first semester at Brown Medical School, a period of four months.

When they flip their cadaver back over chrisgine its backside and remove the cloth over its abdomen, they discover that she does not have a belly button. The most alarming moments of anatomy are not the bizarre, the unknown. Is he alive, or not?

While it was not very conscious for me, I think I needed to not read about dead human bodies in the context of dissection for a while.