Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery

Mortal Lessons Notes on the Art of Surgery In this collection of nineteen unforgettable essays Dr Selzer describes unsparingly the surgeon s art Both moving and perversely funny Mortal Lessons is an established classic that considers not onl

  • Title: Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery
  • Author: Richard Selzer
  • ISBN: 9780156004008
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this collection of nineteen unforgettable essays, Dr Selzer describes unsparingly the surgeon s art Both moving and perversely funny, Mortal Lessons is an established classic that considers not only the workings and misworkings of the human body but also the meaning of life and death With a Preface written by the Author especially for this edition.

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    1. i can't help but have a little green in my eye regarding folk like selzer who have (at least) two monster gifts to give to the people--in his case, both are healing.

    2. Such a lush, lovely book, filled with gorgeous language and images. Whoever thought I could be moved, or even interested in, an essay titled "Liver"? There is an intermingling of seriousness with sly & clever humor, beauty and queasiness (at least on my part). The essay "Abortion" is why the book drew me, and is well worth reading, as is the remainder, the bulk of which is medically related essays plus some reflections on the author's early life.

    3. This book, written by a surgeon, was unlike any book I had ever read before. Each chapter is an engrossing story written by a passionate hand. Selzer found a way to combine his love for surgery and anatomy with exceptional dictiona and imagery. He is able to describe the human body from a perspective that is at once graphic and serene. This was an unforgettable novel.

    4. Selzer is a little too exotic in his choice of words and allusions, but it is fun to have such explorations by a surgeon, where these things are at times the antithesis of the personality of a surgeon. Any surgeon who attempts to capture surgery on paper should be commended. Selzer is very good and I absolutely loved the essay called the Knife.

    5. One again from Michael. Part of his high school curriculum. Five parts very different from one other. The specifics of the body to questions of morality.

    6. This is a very well-written, interesting book. I learned some things about the human body and surgery. There were a few real gross-out moments near the beginning. It's a good book.

    7. I give it only three stars because it is something worth reading if you are interested in the humanism behind medicine. I simply got bored with the topic. Or it may have been his style?

    8. Beautiful writing from one who recognizes that he could dissect a body, but never find the exact location of its soul. And funny, too. ;)

    9. amazingly descriptive writing styleengaging and informativea book that i will pick up and re-read often, no need to even read in orderspires me creativelyhighly recommended

    10. Imagine a med school anatomy class taught by a poet. Selzer makes the human body vivid, horrifying, ridiculous, and thrilling, often in the space of a single sentence. A remarkable book.

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