Body of Work by Christine Montross
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.

 

About Christine Montross

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Dr. Christine Montross is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, and Co-director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Scholarly Concentration at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  Dr. Montross’s previous book, Body of Work, was named an Editors' Choice by The New York Times and one of The Washington Post's best nonfiction books of 2007. She and her partner, the playwright Deborah Salem Smith, live in Rhode Island with their two young children.
 
Published June 21, 2007 by Penguin Books. 324 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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Going beyond personal experience, she discusses the myths and superstitions surrounding dead bodies, and she provides a capsule history of cadaver supply from the 16th century on, including the Scottish “resurrectionists” Burke and Hare, who went from grave robbing to smothering to provide medica...

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In this memoir, Christine Montross finds poetry in her experiences as a first-year medical student.

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It is not easy to write a book about the first year of medical school — not a book anyone would want to read.

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Entertainment Weekly

Throughout, her writing is sparklingly lucid: ''What anatomy can explain to me the flight of dementia?'' A- Originally posted Jun 15, 2007 Published in issue #940 Jun 22, 2007 Order article reprints

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Christine Montross tells readers of Body of Work the story of her first semester in medical school at Brown University.

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