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Confessions of a Knife by Richard Selzer
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Mar 11, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: audiobook, memoir

A mixed bag of essays, memoirs, stories and histories, and the problem with listening to the audio version is that you can't browse around and skip the boring ones. Some of the writing about medicine is so ponderously literary it threatens to collapse under the weight of its own metaphor, but I enjoyed a few of the essays and most particularly the history of Alexis St. Martin and William Beaumont, the 19th century voyageur who suffered an injury that opened a kind of window in his stomach and the doctor obsessed with learning all he could from this.
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