Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery

Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery

by Richard Selzer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0671240749

ISBN-13: 9780671240745

Pub. Date: 01/25/1978

Publisher: Touchstone

In this collection of nineteen unforgettable essays, Dr. Richard Selzer describes unsparingly the surgeon's art, opening up the body to view, one part at a time. 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. And although Dr.…  See more details below

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In this collection of nineteen unforgettable essays, Dr. Richard Selzer describes unsparingly the surgeon's art, opening up the body to view, one part at a time. 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. And although Dr. Selzer's dark humor makes the burgeoning tumors and ulcerations of his essays more bearable, he is frank about the mysterious and dreaded inevitable - the sometime surprise, as he calls it, at the center of surgery: death. Behind his traditional "surgeon's arrogance" the reader will find endearing self-mockery, a very real empathy for his patients, and the ready suggestion that even the surgeon is still very small when he stands before nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671240745
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
01/25/1978

Table of Contents

Preface7
The Exact Location of the Soul15
she Surgeon as Priest24
Lessons from the Art37
Bone51
Liver62
Stone78
The Knife92
Skin105
The Belly116
The Corpse129
Bald!143
Smoking149
Abortion153
The Twelve Spheres161
Down from Troy177
Car Sickness192
Longfellow, Virgil, and Me198
Jacob Street206
Birdwatching211
Picture Credits219

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