Body of Work 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… Body of Work 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… 2007-06-21 Memoir Science and Technology Penguin
Book Review

Body of Work (2007)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 21, 2007; Writer: Christine Montross; Genres: Memoir, Science and Technology; 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 Jun 15, 2007 Published in issue #940 Jun 22, 2007 Order article reprints
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