Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880-1930

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From the advent of photography in the 19th and into the 20th century, medical students, often in secrecy, took photographs of themselves with the cadavers that they dissected: their first patients.


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Featuring 138 of these historic photographs and illuminating essays by two experts on the subject, Dissection reveals a startling piece of American history. Sherwin Nuland, MD, said this is "a truly unique and important book [that] documents a period in medical education in a way that is matched by no other existing contribution." And Mary Roach said Dissection "is the most extraordinary book I have ever seen--the perfect coffee table book for all the households where I'd most like to be invited for coffee."

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Author John Harley Warner / James M. Edmonson
Publisher Blast Books
Page Count 208pp
Publication Size 8.75 x 10.25
Publication Notes Hardcover, Partial Color
Publication Date May 19, 2009
ISBN 978-0922233342

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