Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery (Harvest Book)

Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery (Harvest Book)

by RichardSelzer (Author)


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.



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Format: Paperback
Pages: 220
Edition: 1st Harvest Ed
Publisher: Thomson Learning
Published: 15 Apr 1996

ISBN 10: 0156004003
ISBN 13: 9780156004008