A particularly gruesome murder occurs in the Anatomy Department of a 1950's medical school. Included is a graphic description of anatomical and pathological specimens in the Anatomists' cadaver preparation room.The novel begins with preparations by the Anatomists to prepare a teaching exhibit of human structures in one-inch cross-sections of a human cadaver.The medical school is expanding into new clinical departments; recruitment of several departmental Chairs is described - showing the quite variable characteristics of several clinical specialists.The narrator describes life in and problems of the medical school. The reader can follow selection of new medical students, academic disputations about the M.D. curriculum behavior of some physicians in private practice, split opinions over the locations of the new charity hospital and a typical M.D. graduation ceremony - with the administration of the ancient Oath of Hippocrates to the graduates. The narration is flavored with references drawn from the History of Medicine.Was there a murder? A person on staff of the medical is missing; but no body could be found. The arrival of the missing person's girl friend triggers the attention of the police; but, until the penultimate chapter, there is no solution until the two young anatomists convince the detective that they have solved the missing body question.Not until the Epilogue, is the identity of the murderer revealed, and how he did it.
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Published December 19, 2000
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Education & Reference.