Suspended Animation: Six Essays on the Preservation of Bodily Parts

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“Six beautifully wrought meditations on the art of embalming and related matters…. Dr. Gonzalez–Crussi’s tone is measured, grave, and curiously formal … [with] a mordant sense of humor … and [a] courtliness and peculiar charm of his rococo style … muscular dandyism as well as his sly and faintly risqué humor….”

“[He] is learned, compassionate, genuinely witty and, at the most unexpected moments, strangely moving…. His learning, his diligence, his lively curiosity, together make ...

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“Six beautifully wrought meditations on the art of embalming and related matters…. Dr. Gonzalez–Crussi’s tone is measured, grave, and curiously formal … [with] a mordant sense of humor … and [a] courtliness and peculiar charm of his rococo style … muscular dandyism as well as his sly and faintly risqué humor….”

“[He] is learned, compassionate, genuinely witty and, at the most unexpected moments, strangely moving…. His learning, his diligence, his lively curiosity, together make a formidable lens that he brings to bear upon the enigma of what we are and how we cease to be…”

“[He] has delivered a missive that, though the envelope may give off a whiff of formalin, is in its essence a love letter to life, in all its strangeness, beauty, and mystery.” —John Banville, The New York Times Book Review

“More graceful, erudite, and mind–expanding essays from Gonzalez–Crussi, this time accompanied by haunting, beautiful color photographs of skeletons, skulls, medical specimens, and anatomical models. In writing that smoothly integrates medical science, history, philosophy, literature, and the arts, Gonzalez–Crussi ponders the human condition…. The opening of a Gonzalez–Crussi essay gives few hints as to where it may wander, but the journey is always rewarding.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Gonzalez–Crussi … weaves and bobs around monstrosity and death like a python about its victim—and he is nearly as mesmerizing.” —Publishers Weekly

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  • ISBN-13: 9781607141235
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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González-Crussi is Professor emeritus of pathology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is the author of The Five Senses, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and Notes of an Anatomist, winner of the nonfiction first prize of the Society for Midland Authors. He lives in Chicago.

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Table of Contents

List of Photographs
Microcosm in a Bottle 1
Of Flaying, Dismemberment, and Other Inconveniences 23
Bologna, the Learned 43
Waxing Philosophical...and a Bit Hypersensitive 69
How We Come to Be 89
Nature's Lapses 119
Photographer's Note 141
Notes 143
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