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Notes of an Anatomist

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
In the solitude of his study, Gonzalez-Crussi, a practicing pathologist, ponders the meaning of the lives laid bare in his laboratory. Winner of the Society of Midland Authors Award, this wonderfully crafted collection on medical subjects is witty, urbane, and rich in history and philosophy. "Marvelously original and provocative" (Los Angeles Times).
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 29th 1986 by Mariner Books (first published 1984)
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Petra Eggs
Very excited to read this.

The first chapter is on Embalming.

"Among the ancient Egyptians, embalming was but one aspect of a life oversaturated with things spiritual and preoccupied with the possible fate of the soul after the body had perished. In the industrial West, there has been an equally universal and all-encompassing preoccupation. It is called desire for profit, and, as will become apparent here, has done much for the spread of the practice of embalming."
Douglas Dalrymple
Mar 12, 2014 Douglas Dalrymple rated it liked it
I’m almost running out of Gonzalez-Crussi books to read. I gather that this was actually one of his first in order of publication. There is some excellent stuff here, but I admit it’s a little uneven. The first three essays (“On Embalming,” “Twins,” and “Unpeaceful Afterlife”) are as good as anything he’s written, and highly recommended. Some of the later essays (“Reflections on Child Abuse” and “On Male Genital Anatomy,” for example) are weak. I’m not sure FGC had quite hit his stride with this ...more
Pino Sabatelli
Quando studiavo all’università girava questa storiella: “L’internista è un medico che sa tutto, ma non sa fare nulla; il chirurgo invece non sa nulla ma sa fare tutto; lo psichiatra non sa nulla e non sa fare nulla; l’anatomopatologo sa tutto, sa fare tutto, ma purtroppo arriva sempre troppo tardi!”. Memore di questa facezia (abbastanza vicina alla realtà, peraltro!), ho letto questo libro pensando di trovarvi aneddoti e spunti di riflessione tratti dalla pratica di una professione tanto necessa ...more
Mirella Russo
Apr 30, 2015 Mirella Russo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Piacevolissimo libello, inaspettatamente più filosofico che medico. Per volgere uno sguardo meno distratto a tematiche comuni eppure non banali, in un clima di spiritualità affatto pesante. Copiosi i riferimenti a opere e autori anche insoliti e poco noti, auticompiacente lo stile ricercato, eppur non stanca. Si rivela insomma tutto ciò che non ci si aspetta da un libro con siffatto titolo.
Angus Stirling
Sep 10, 2013 Angus Stirling rated it really liked it
A collection of finely crafted and terribly engaging essays on anatomy and pathology from a well-read, contemplative and original mind.
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