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 a former ICU nurse, I have had the privilege to be present at the death of many people, have chgistine them move from the state of animation to disanimation, from living to most clearly dead. I found it fascinating when she talked about how many medical students have nightmares throughout their semester in the cadaver lab.

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.

Jun 17, Jessica rated it liked it. I had what I feel are some really interesting experiences and saw things that a lot of people don’t get to see or are even aware of.

Summary Monhross of Work is a cleverly crafted memoir – or, rather, the first chapter of a memoir – of the author’s medical school experience at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island.

What saves the book is interwoven history. Their very last task, however, is to dissect the head. I felt like i have written it myself with all these feelings and thoughts.

In the anatomy lab we dissect cadavers as we should do, but more importantly we dissect our lives, our bodies, our existence. I carry your body to the funeral pyre. In particular, Body of Work deals with Montross learning to dissect human corpses for study, namely the corpse that she and her classmates are assigned, who they call Eve. It struck me as ironic that the one organ which looks pretty much the same from one cadaver to another is the same one in which I would expect to see the greatest variation: From the first cut to the last, the author wonders what chrisgine nature of her fear is, her reluctance and revulsion, wonders how she can so desecrate a body yet, for the sake of being a good physician, how she can refuse.


And the method described for removing the lungs seemed unnecessarily dangerous to the students, but these thoughts are more personal than critical of the book.

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

The Catholic church, extremely powerful in Europe in monrross heyday of anatomical research and vociferously opposed to the practice, plays a huge part in this history. May 31, Kristin rated it really liked it. Being an avid library book user, I rarely purchase books, but this one made its way to my bookshelf, complete with notes and page markings. The bodies are preserved in formalin, with their heads and limbs wrapped in gauze to prevent dehydration.

Aug 16, James Sorensen rated it really liked it.

Grief, fear, pain, love. Excellent read on many levels.

Body of Work

They dissect the lungs and heart first learning the chambers and rotation of blood throughout the body. Interesting but at times somewhat dry due to all the medical terms, etc. For me, this book was perfect and hit a perfect time. The book describes her first semester in medical school and the dissection of a female cadaver her group has named Eve.

When is a person alive, and when dead? She finds that they both have the same sized feet. Christine and Tripler, one of her teammates and a former ballet dancer, decide they need to see the face of the woman whose body they will dissect and so unwrap her head early in the semester.

Phenotypical or genital sex: At the end of their dissection, Montross’ team has not determined why Eve has no belly-button. Can make some readers a little queasy at times but read well worth the effort.

Many people are afraid of them because they are cold and unresponsive. The first day in the anatomy lab she was partnered with four other; Tripler TripTamara, and Raj. Anthony; another trip to the anatomical wax sculptures museum in Bologna, 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 wogk and third years; and a prolonged narration of the final illnesses of her grandmother and grandfather.


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

We find ourselves drawn into her world with our own questions and fears and qualms. She painted quite a picture with words cnristine, but a photo of the same thing brought it all together. This is a fascinating story of one of the many who take that journey and her fellow travelers.

If you’re interested in how the body works and you want a sort of coming of age story combined then this book is great.

The examination of the history of an Kind of a mixed book for me. Like all medical students she must learn to balance feelings and discomfort when listening to patients – but not at the loss of cheistine just a cold clinical diagnosis.

We can feel her growth, she makes cbristine connections between her lab work and internship with live patients. This is not a book that rails against the medical profession and those in it. I like it but it took me a while to get through it – reading a bit at a time. I found it to be profound, enlightening, and moving and would hody anyone who’s ever been curious about human dissection to read it.

The final takeaway I got from this book was that I almost definitely want to donate my body to science when I die. I was so touched by how Montross describes her relationship with Eve, a body she comes monttoss know intimately while in the course of a human anatomy course in medical school. Jan 30, Tauna rated it really liked it Shelves: Either the “soul” dies out completely or continues on in some ephemeral form, but it has entirely flown this body.

Dec 29, Lizzy rated it it was amazing. Her disturbing, often entertaining anecdotes enrich this cheistine crafted memoir, endowing an eerie beauty to the world of a doctor-in-training. Kind of a mixed book for me. How does one go about purchasing a man in one-inch increments?