Rituals of Surgery

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Selzer's first collection of stories (published in 1974) weaves together the fantastic and grotesque with surgical precision. The sense that death lurks around every corner is heightened by dark irony and wit. He brings to light the horrors of surgery while displaying overwhelming compassion for his characters, creating a provocative commentary on the human condition.
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Overview

Selzer's first collection of stories (published in 1974) weaves together the fantastic and grotesque with surgical precision. The sense that death lurks around every corner is heightened by dark irony and wit. He brings to light the horrors of surgery while displaying overwhelming compassion for his characters, creating a provocative commentary on the human condition.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780671253400
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 4/28/1980
  • Series: A Touchstone Book
  • Edition description: 1st Touchstone ed
  • Pages: 193

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

Museum Piece 3
The Consultation 18
Train Ride 24
Fairview 29
The Sympathetic Nose 37
Minor Surgery 50
The Fur Baby 55
Korea 62
Little Saint Hugh 103
The Harbinger 114
A Blue Ribbon Affair 121
A Pot of Ivy 127
An Act of Faith 131
Lavinia Armbruster 135
In and Out 151
The Defense of ibn-Biklarish 160
Midnight Rising 175
Myself Healed 185
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