The Anatomist

Ebook $12.99

Ballantine Books | Dec 26, 2007 | ISBN 9780345504692

  • Hardcover$24.95

    Ballantine Books | Dec 26, 2007 | 272 Pages | 5-5/8 x 8 | ISBN 9780345456892

  • Ebook$12.99

    Ballantine Books | Dec 26, 2007 | ISBN 9780345504692

Praise

Advance praise for The Anatomist

“In his cunningly structured, beautifully written anatomy of Gray’s Anatomy, Bill Hayes dissects the body’s secrets, the lives of two great nineteenth-century explorers of those secrets–and some of his own obsession as well. A lovely book.”
–Andrea Barett, author of Ship Fever

“Bill Hayes has written a thrilling book that is simultaneously an autobiography, a biography of Henry Gray, a scientific essay on our human anatomy, and a heart-breaking elegy. I do not know another book like it.”
–Richard Rodriguez, author of Hunger of Memory

“The Anatomist is many things: a study of the body after life has left it, a chronicle of scientists obsessed with the subject, and, in a heartbreakingly personal way, a memoir. It is also a reflection about how little was known about disease not that long ago. Finally, it is a biography of an anxious, neurotic, enormously sympathetic young anatomist from another time who changed medicine. This is a wonderful book.”
–Robert M. Sapolsky, author of A Primate’s Memoir

“Hayes pays eloquent tribute to two masterpieces: the human body and the book detailing it. . . . [He balances] biographical chapters with his own experience in the anatomy classroom, dissecting cadavers and marveling at each new discovery with prose both lucid and arrestingly beautiful.”
–Publishers Weekly

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