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Body of Work Each year, countless medical students cut open preserved human corpses to examine the body's internal architecture. For Christine Montross, the ...Body of WorkMemoir, Science and Technology Each year, countless medical students cut open preserved human corpses to examine the body's internal architecture. For Christine Montross, the ...2007-06-15Penguin
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Body of Work

Genre: Memoir, Science and Technology; Author: Christine Montross; Status: In Season; Publisher: Penguin

Each year, countless medical students cut open preserved human corpses to examine the body’s internal architecture. For Christine Montross, the experience was both informative and disquieting. In Body of Work, her unflinching record of her first semester at Brown’s med school, she recalls battling nightmares during the months she dissected an elderly woman’s remains. She supplements her graphic lab observations with insightful reflection and research (for centuries, scholars raided graveyards for cadavers). Throughout, her writing is sparklingly lucid: ”What anatomy can explain to me the flight of dementia?” A-

Originally posted June 15 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT

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