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

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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 student Christine Montross felt nervous standing outside the anatomy lab on her first day of class. Entering a room with stainless-steel tables topped by corpses in body bags was initially unnerving. But once Montross met her cadaver, she found herself intrigued by the person the woman once was and fascinated by the strange, unsettling beauty of the human form. They called her Eve. The story of Montross and Eve is a tender and surprising examination of the mysteries of the human body, and a remarkable look at our relationship with both the living and the dead.

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CHRISTINE MONTROSS is a resident of psychiatry at Brown University. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan.

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BODY OF WORK is Christine Montrosss memoir of her first year in medical school, during which she studied human anatomy with the help of Eve an elderly woman who donated her remains for that purpose. Thoroughly and methodically dissecting a human cadaver is an experience that includes equal parts revulsion, fascination, empathy, and indifference. Rene Raudman touches on each of these in all the appropriate places, and with just the right level of emotion. Her tone, like Montrosss writing, is often irreverent and dryly funny, without ever being disrespectful. The author interview at the end gives an added glimpse into the anatomy lab. D.B. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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