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
“Stacked beside me on my sage green couch: this spina...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
A great memoir about a very sensitive subject, and from a sensitive person.
As a doctor and a cardiac surgeon this book touched me deeply.
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.
This memoir is very personal, deeply personal and existential that it touches every reader.
I will read it again and again, as you should ...more
5 stars. Montross does the impossible: she puts the indescribable into words and gives a lucid, tender, heartfelt account of the inexpressible. It is a perfectly balanced juxtaposition of body and emotion, of human form and human spirit.
The examination of the history of an ...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)!
The details, which some may find extensive and gruesome, were incredibly well handled with a level of resp ...more
She takes us through her experiences dissecting the body of an old woman who she and her medical student colleagues name “Eve”. This is the centerpiece for her reflections on the human condition. Grief, fear, pain, love.
I bought this at a used book sale and noticed that I coincidentally ha e another of hers as well. I’m jumping in that one.
I heartily recommend this.
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
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
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
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