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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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.

When listening to a living patient’s lungs, she recalls the look and feel of Eve’s. If these are things that you can not imagine even reading about, perhaps this is not a book for you, but I can definitely say that Montross describes these things very genuinely as challenging and emotional tasks which changed her in one way or another – I found it all fascinating to read about.

Dec 28, Bryan Zorko rated it liked it. Where, then, in the crenellations of the brain’s tissue is the explanation for how a man’s reason can depart?

THe semilunar valves work like a dream, catching the water as sails catch wind, closing fast and preventing any leakage. Christine Montross was, to our good fortune, a cnristine long before she decided to return to school to become a physician.

One of the first things I saw that was amazing was the thoracolumbar woork, 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.

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

Some may find the introspection excessive, particularly towards the end of the course,which is the end of the book. Feb 08, Jp rated it it was ok. But Eve is the star, and Montross’s relationship to her as she is dismantling her the focus of this superb book.


Anthony; another trip to the anatomical wax sculptures museum in Bologna, where the author also observes the chrisgine 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.

This is the journey on which this book takes us. Mintross of Work is written by a first-year med student, chrsitine she and her classmates dissect a human body. You are a little soul carrying around a corpse.

Gruesome in some ways, yes, but really beautiful. She quickly ascribes her queasiness to Ramadan fasting, knowing that she, as a doctor-in-the-making, should not display weakness.

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Jun 05, Leona rated it really liked it. 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 the hopes of healing.

Admission of either makes one seem unfit for the lofty charge Dec 29, Lizzy rated it it was amazing. Montross does the impossible: Christine Montross is now practicing and teaching psychiatry in Rhode Island, U. Anatomy is probably impossible to properly describe through words alone, I recommend getting a body or going on tour at a local cadaver lab.

Body of Work

While still alive, the Buddha said that all things could be learned from “this fathom-long body”. Gently but inexorably, she shines a light on our bodies and our cherishing of them in a way that leaves us moved and shaken, yet feeling more than ever a sense of the glory of our own being, of the mystery xhristine that being, of how unfathomable the connection between what is flesh and what is, purely and finally, us. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


The most alarming moments of anatomy are not the bizarre, the unknown. And so it remains a mystery, a symbol of how some things about Eve remain unknowable, that our understanding of her cannot help but be only partial, even after the dissection is complete. The first is to see how the students cope with potentially surprising disclosures.

I tell her that it is not at all the way one would intuitively treat a living body. This is based upon the audio download from [ http: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Growing up with a family that openly talked about human dissection at the dinner table mom’s an anatomy teacher monntross already prepared me emotionally for the dissections.

Once the thoracic dissection was done they were ready to begin the arm dissection. I will use many of the life lessons from the book in my day to day life.

They first do the dissection of the thorax, or the chest cavity. Why, then, is Montross so reluctant to montrooss and saw and prod and pry into this lifeless slab of a former human?

We can feel her growth, she makes incredible connections between her lab work and internship with live patients. Since Ms Montross often wonders about the real Eve chfistine wishes she did know more, this book would make an interesting companion to Marshall Goldberg’s The Anatomy Lessonreviewed in this database.