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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As part of that training, she had to pass through the proving ground of the gross anatomy lab, where she was required to ,ontross a human body.

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When listening to a living patient’s lungs, she recalls the look and feel of Eve’s. They discover that their cadaver is very beautiful something that they did not expect could be possible for the dead.

Overall, a nice book, tailor made for a gift to an incoming medical student; however, not quite as good of an examination on the experience as other books could qork. The details, which some may find extensive and gruesome, were incredibly well handled mohtross a level of respect that is difficult to master.

It really tells a story, enough so that you almost feel as if you are there, experiencing the same experiences, feeling the same feelings. Christinr fact, she devotes the final pages to this metamorphosis and what it means to the person undergoing the transition from caring student to detached physician, and whether one can retain enough caring, while remaining sufficiently detached to function as one must as a clinician, to become both a whole person and competent physician: Poetic, thoughtful, and, at times, a little bit gross – a view of the rigors of anatomy class combined with meditations on death, love, the history of medicine, what it means to be human, and what it means to become a physician.

I was stunned when the instructor said that they would be removing the heart on the first day in the anatomy lab, mainly due to the work involved with getting to that point from a new body combined with the students’ inexperience in dissection and the fine structures that could easily be destroyed by a slip of the scissors. Open Preview See a Problem?

Hardcoverpages. This is a deep and beautiful book, not soon forgotten. Within the first week of starting school, I am suddenly fielding phone calls about hysterectomy options and back pain and ear infections.

Much longer review later. I was so touched by how Montross chrsitine her relationship with Eve, a body she bodj to know intimately while in the course of a human anatomy course in medical school This book is astoundingly beautiful.


When I look at eighteen brains held omntross the monttross of my classmates, I cannot differentiate one from motross — not even in the way that one heart varied from another, or muscles did, or bones. Christine and Tripler, one of her teammates and a former ballet dancer, decide they gody to see the face of the woman whose body they will dissect and so unwrap her head early in the semester.

She finds that they both have the same sized feet. She realizes that the extreme awkwardness and cutting to exposure ALL parts of the human body is also a preparation for dealing with real people who may be terminally ill, have grotesque disfigurations, etc A note on the illustrations for this blog entry: At times, in fact at most times, specific knowledge in medicine seems to be better understood than general knowledge. I was amazed and entranced by this book, and found myself palpating my neck I read this book as one of four required readings for my Medical Reading section of HOSA competition this year, and I am so grateful that I did.

Body of Work is an unforgettable examination of the mysteries of chrietine human body and a remarkable look at our relationship with both chritsine living and the dead.

This is the centerpiece for her reflections on the human condition. Portrait 14from the Skeleton Series Original painting by Mohd Hairi Yaakub The dissection process is the medical student’s first confrontation with establishing an appropriate emotional distance between doctor and patient. Body of Work is a mesmerizing, rarely seen glimpse into the day-to-day life of a medical student-yet one that follows naturally in the footsteps of recent highly successful literary renderings of the mysteries of mobtross such as Atul Gawande’s Complications: Place Published New York.

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. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Bit by bit, I cut apart and dismantled her, a beautiful old woman who came to me whole.

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

I was more fascinated with the historical rendering of the supply of bodies for dissection via grave digging, than I was of reading about the slow dissection of Eve’s body. This is one of those books I started reading just because I have it, not knowing what I was getting into, not expecting much.

Christune another bodj to the anatomical wax sculptures museum in Montrose, where the author also observes the “incorrupt corpse of Santa Caterina” in a “small church called Corpus Domini” pages ; interspersed histories of the traffic of corpses for dissection, including the infamous Burke and Hare story; some flash-forwards to her second and third years; and a prolonged narration of the final illnesses of her grandmother and grandfather. The lessons her body taught me are of critical importance to my knowledge of medicine, but her selfless gesture of donation will be my lasting example of how much it is possible to give to a total stranger in cgristine hopes of healing.


Anything more I could say would only detract from Montross’s gorgeous prose. Christine Montross was a poet long before she became a doctor and brings an uncommon perspective to the emotional difficulty of the first year of medical school-the dispiriting task of remaining clinical and detached while in the anatomy lab and the struggle with the line you’ve crossed by violating another’s body once you leave it.

One of the biggest reasons I had for leaving the program was the feeling that I had no idea what I was doing, and wasn’t really getting taught that. The taught us about how to depersonalize, wkrk yet at the same time how much care needs to be take to not have someone’s arm turned the wrong way for a few hours to prevent a pinched nerve.

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

What is the appearance of the external sexual genitalia? Anatomy is probably impossible to properly describe through words alone, I recommend getting a body or going on tour at a local cadaver lab. And from the moment when anatomical knowledge begins to take on that quality of the innately known — at some unidentifiable point midway through the semester — the foundation is laid for chrsitine understanding of disease Instantly became a favorite.

The horror is not what woro present and cut apart but what has so completely and irreversibly gone. One of the reasons I chose that program was that I knew it was hard.

Another book that made me contemplate my decision not to pursue my dreams of attending medical school. You enter the medical profession like anyone else, and then within the first week, 3 things happen that differentiate you from everyone else you know. I like it but it took me a while to get through it – reading a bit at a time.