“Delightfully readable.” —Newsday
“Dr. Gonzalez–Crussi is a marvelous storyteller as well as a meticulous observer, and he has written a book about death that is pulsing with life.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Gonzalez–Crussi comes off as a sort of dream dinner guest: urbane, informed, ironic, and entertaining.” —San Francisco Examiner–Chronicle
“Gonzalez–Crussi [writes] with a flowing prose style … indulging some perceptive observations on politics and religion en route…. His account of the filming of an autopsy he performed leads into a commentary on various reactions to death. He draws attention to the profound difference between the words ‘resuscitation’ and ‘reactivation’ in near–death situations…. There is much here for immediate and future pondering.” —Booklist
“Elegant… While Gonzalez–Crussi brings some levity to his subject here, the overall tone is serious—appropriately so—and should stir readers into their own memento mori.” —Kirkus Reviews
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About the Author
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.