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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Montross also presents a history of human dissection. The examination of the history of an Kind of a mixed book for me.

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

Refresh and try again. 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 of that being, of how unfathomable the connection between what is flesh and what is, purely and finally, us. This is based upon the audio download from [ http: And you can suddenly walk into a hospital room, ask someone chrstine take off his clothes, and he will do it.

This last bit of family history is worth the price of the book alone. Bldy 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. Can make some readers a little queasy at times but read well worth the effort.

She also comes across in this book, to me, as just a wonderful woman, full of compassion, curiosity and emotion.

To quote, and this is after taking out a human heart and testing out the functions of the valves which prevent backflow of blood through the heart much like a parachute: 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 Aug 16, James Sorensen rated it really liked it.

How does one go about purchasing a man in one-inch increments? I wanted to, and was very interested having studied anatomy and working as an LMT.

Dec 28, Steve Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: My kind of doctor who is unfortunately a rare breed. Anything more I could say would only detract from Montross’s gorgeous prose. Apart from that, I have to say I couldn’t identify with much of what else she wrote. Admission of either makes one seem unfit for the lofty charge This is one of those rare reads that got into my marrow and changed at least for a time, if not forever my way of thinking about things; not merely mortality and the relationship of my physical being to that slippery concept of what constitutes a “self”, but much deeper truths.


I carry your body to the funeral pyre. My favorite part is probably the beginning, when she’s describing going to medical school for the first time, getting a briefcase full of bones, and meeting eccentric Brown Medical Students.

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I read a few reviews by folks who did not care for this book so much, and noticed that several of them were med students too, maybe this speaks to her uniqueness as a student and ultimately a doctor. She goes on to quote the textbook, identifying four markers determining whether one is male, female, or a muddle of both.

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 mojtross human, and what it means to become a physician.

She Montross goes through her first semester of med school and the human anatomy class in which she and her class all dissect cadavers. One night Trip and Christine are studying and they go to the lab. Explores the full range of emotions that effect the new medical student. What I learned effects that world because of the judging that is toward dead bodies.

We learn kontross even physical gender — one of the physiologic distinctions we take as the most basic — is not nearly the black-or-white, male-or-female, pink-or-blue differentiation we have classified it to be Feb 07, Jen rated it it was amazing Shelves: As she and her team of four later three as one student drops out of school proceed with the orderly dismantling of Eve, bone by bone, nerve by nerve and blood vessel by blood vessel, she uses this experience as a springboard to analyze her and her team’s emotional reactions to the often unnatural process of deconstructing, literally at times with a sawa former person now cadaver, as well as the gradual, almost imperceptible acculturation that transmogrifies medical students into doctors.

Their christihe last task, however, is to dissect the head.

Many people are afraid of them because they are cold and unresponsive. This is what we, most of us, wotk concluded from the evidence at hand.

Body of Work

You are a little soul carrying around a corpse. And thus in the realm of the superhuman there is no room for human frailty, and admission of it by one risks revealing the illusion of the many. This is one of those rare reads that got into my marrow and changed at least for a time, if not forever my way of thinking about things; not merely mortality and the relationship of my physical being to that slippery concept of what constitutes a “self”, but much de I admit to being somewhat reluctant to review this book, as if to do so is to finally let go of the experience of reading it, much like writing the epitaph of a loved one might mean another step in letting go of the fact of a life.


Phenotypical or genital sex: For me, this book was perfect and hit a perfect time. Her disturbing, often entertaining anecdotes enrich this exquisitely crafted memoir, endowing an eerie beauty to the world of a doctor-in-training. This is the journey on which this book takes us.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In fact, Montross dedicates this book to Eve, who she credits with helping her become a good doctor.

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

Christine Montross was, to our good fortune, a writer long before she decided to return to school to become a physician. Later in the book, she talks about this further, about how a failure or weakness on the part of someone working in the medical field can cost someone their life, or cause great harm, but how no one wants to talk about these feelings: Most of us intellectual, Western, post-Freudian types have thoroughly absorbed the dictum that whatever may be the essence of who we are is contained in the mind, which is in the brain, which is in the head, chrustine there’s an end to it.

Montross is also an award-winning poet on our feelings about the treatment of dead bodies. A fascinating account of this “acceptable taboo” subject – namely, the medical dissection of the human body by medical students. Why, then, is Montross so reluctant to cut and monteoss and prod and pry into this lifeless slab of a former human? And, of course, they are, but this book reminded me of how much they do not — and perhaps cannot — know. The bodies are preserved in formalin, with their heads and limbs wrapped in gauze to prevent dehydration.

This is when Christine is struck with the realization of how much Eve has given her unknowingly.