Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab
Christine Montross was a nervous first-year medical student, standing outside the anatomy lab on her first day of class, preparing herself for what was to come. Entering a room with stainless-steel tables topped by corpses in body bags is shockin ...more
A fascinating account of this "acceptable taboo" subject - namely, the medical dissection of the human body by medical students. This one is up close and personal, because the author is one of the students. She takes us through the entire semester - or more precisely the spiritual journey she undergoes. We follow Ms. Montross through her development - both human and medical. She is obviously anguished by what she has to do in the medical lab - and her reactions and exposé give the bo ...more
Narrated by: Renée Raudman
Documenting the rite of passage for all medical students in the anatomy lab...dissection of a human cadaver. Throw in a little history of dissection, some medical terminology, a great narrator, and some emotional anecdotes; allow to soak in as needed and you have a recipe for a good read (or listen)!
I really enjoyed this book. I am a medical student, and I first heard an excerpt of "Body of Work" read aloud at my own school's vigil for the bodies donated to us. I got all tearful in the auditorium and almost immediately went home to buy the book on Amazon. I was one of those who had a fair amount of emotional difficulty during anatomy dissections (and I remember my sister exclaiming "Med students still do that?!?" wh ...more
IN CHRISTINE MONTROSS BODY OF WORK, Christine Montross is a first year medical student at Warren Alpert Medical School. When she first arrived there was a briefcase that had her name on it. She had to bring the bones home. She finds that she was taller that he. She finds that they both have the same sized feet. She learns “that the most alarming moments of anatomy are the bizarre, the unknown. They are the familiar” (Montross 13).
The first day in the anatomy lab she was partnered with four oth...more
This book was beautiful. When I first saw it on the library shelf, the premise intrigued me - a woman's story of her relationship with her anatomy lab cadaver during her first semester of med school. And she does not mince words when it comes to the work she does on ...more
The examination of the history of an ...more
Ok, longer review. This book both cemented my fascination with wanting to go to medical school or some further medical training, and also cemented the fact that I coul ...more
Christine Montross, now a psychiatrist working at Butler Hospital in Rhode Island, wrote this memoir of her trials and tribulations in medical school, and her graphic descriptions of medical practices are written in a beautifully poetic and intimate manner. She was a poetry professor before she ...more
Perhaps it is because I have read several books on death and what happens after one dies, including Mary Roach's Stiff: The Curi ...more
This work of nonfiction grabs you from the very beginning. Christine Montross (now Dr.) is entering her first year as a med student. She knows that her first class will be Gross Anatomy ...more
You begin to learn to heal the living by dismantling the dead.
It will hardly be noticed, I discover, as I walk down the [street]...carrying two-thirds of a human skeleton in my briefcase.
The most alarming moments of anatomy are not the bizarre, the unknown. They are the familiar.
17th century travel diaries & postcards reveal that attending a dissection was a society event & marked a European traveler as on the progressive edge of culture.
In early anatomy-education times, ...more
Montross's experiences in the cadaver lab mirror and expand upon mine in such a way that now I am grateful not only to the people who donate their bodies to teach, but to the medical students who must undergo such deep, emot ...more
Reading this book really pitched the emotional impact of human lab in such a real way--the narrative perfectly a ...more