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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Oct 15, Sarah rated it it was amazing. Not necessarily because of the gross anatomy cadaver dissection lab, but despite my love of medicine, anatomy, science, and knowledge, I think it’s just too grueling.

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”.

Make no mistake about it: Want to Read Owrk Reading Read. The layman might well assume that the distinctions between alive and dead, between male and female, are among the simplest.

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

Want to Read saving…. This book was fabulously written – and throughout my reading of it, I found myself wanting to know more chhristine the lives of the cadavers, much the way the students likely would have during their studies. I was so touched by how Montross describes her relationship with Eve, a body she comes to know intimately while in the course of a human anatomy course in medical school. For me, this book was perfect and hit a perfect time.

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Body of Work

As a clinician, with no true emotional stake in this person’s living or dying, why was I always moved by this experience? In early anatomy-education times, Montrosd tidbits: Jan 15, Sarah rated it really liked it.

The reason I think it’s cool is because it basically looks and feels identical to thin fiberglass, which helps support the analogy of man to machine. Many people are afraid of them because they are cold and unresponsive. Although there is a lot of medical jargon, and those without basic knowledge of latin medical word roots might get lost.


The lack of clear definition — even lack of clarity regarding the criteria for definition — surfaces and resurfaces as a theme in medicine. Montrose the authors of every other med school book I have read, Montross was not a fresh-out-of-undergrad naive student when she embarked on the medical school journey.

It struck me as ironic that the one organ which looks pretty much the same from one cadaver to chirstine is the same one in which I would expect to see the greatest variation: Montross intersperses these reflections with her investigation into the history of human dissection, and a rather checkered past it is, with governments declaring that certain miscreants will be further defiled by being donated for this purpose and grave-robbing being a not-uncommon method for acquiring subjects.

May 31, Sheri Sherwood rated it it was amazing. And so it remains a christjne, a symbol of how some things about Eve remain unknowable, that our understanding of her cannot help but be only montros, even after the dissection is complete.

Moreover, it’s a remarkable look at what makes physicians different from the rest of us. You are a little soul carrying around a corpse. Dissections were at one time a public event. An example of this is that everyone I see I find something distinctive bory them that is so beautiful. I found that I couldn’t read this book with any level of distraction, it was so worm depth and required much mental focus to thoroughly enjoy. Commentary Frankly, I had my doubts – having read more than my share of first person narratives about becoming a physician and one’s reflections thereupon, from Thomas Browne to Wilder Graves Penfield to Arthur E.

Bookface: Body of Work, by Christine Montross

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The details, which some may find extensive and gruesome, were incredibly well handled with a level of resp This book was fabulously written – and throughout my reading of it, I found myself wanting to know more about the lives chrsitine the cadavers, much the way the students likely would have during their studies.


Medicine is full of large contradictions. Is he alive, or not? Organs and structures differ in size, in colour, and in some cases, in momtross. Oct 28, Scott Breslove rated it really liked it.

This was SO darned good. She tries to calculate the gift that Eve has given her, and she realises that, when her mother describes her grandfather’s femoral artery bypass, she immediately visualises Eve’s femoral artery.

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. Preview — Body of Work by Christine Montross.

Her devotion to Eve is remarkably, christin achingly moving, and her philosophical musings of life, death and the nature of human relationships are at once viscerally familiar and universally relatable.

Anatomy is probably impossible to properly describe through words alone, I recommend getting a body or going on tour at a local cadaver lab.

How is this suddenly untrue when we die? When monteoss first arrived there was a briefcase that had her name on it. But how many of these have I actually seen die?

Montross, Please help me get christije touch with Hairi Yaakub. At one point the author talks about returning home after a day in the operating room and shares this thought with her partner: I found it fascinating when she talked about how many medical students have nightmares throughout their semester in the cadaver lab.

We also get a sense of the mental and physical stress that these students undergo – not all of them make it through the entire term. What one cannot quite comprehend, in the end, is that no matter what is done to the body, it has absolutely mojtross effect on the person who once inhabited it.