Confessions of a Knife

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Merging art and religion with science, these largely autobiographical essays delve deeply into the emotional territory of medicine commonly avoided by other writers. This collection, first published in 1979, utilizes the physical body as a means to explore the human mind and soul. Never hesitant to admit his own frailties, Selzer draws on his experiences as a surgeon with integrity and wit, allowing readers a first-hand glimpse into the medical world.

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Overview

Merging art and religion with science, these largely autobiographical essays delve deeply into the emotional territory of medicine commonly avoided by other writers. This collection, first published in 1979, utilizes the physical body as a means to explore the human mind and soul. Never hesitant to admit his own frailties, Selzer draws on his experiences as a surgeon with integrity and wit, allowing readers a first-hand glimpse into the medical world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870136054
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 223
  • Sales rank: 964,000
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Selzer is the author of numerous books and articles. He is a former surgeon and professor of surgery. Selzer taught writing at Yale University and is the recipient of dozens of awards and honors, including a Pushcart Prize, National Magazine Award (for his essays), an American Medical Writer's Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship. His work has been published in New American Review, Esquire, Harper's, and other periodicals.

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Table of Contents

An Absence of Windows 15
Tillim 22
Four Appointments with the Discus Thrower 27
Raccoon 32
Amazons 35
In the Shadow of the Winch 41
At Saint Raphael's 44
Sarcophagus 50
The Spoils of Troy 63
II Traviato 73
Why I Left the Church 83
Going No Place 91
In Praise of Senescence 100
Love Sick 111
Alexis St. Martin 116
Pages from a Wound-Dresser's Diary 133
The Masked Marvel's Last Toehold 149
Tube Feeding 159
The Mirror: A Tale of Aran 167
The Specimen Collectors 178
Travels in Rhineland 186
The Hartford Girl 206
The Lammergeier 211
Appendix 217
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