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The Exact Location of the Soul: New and Selected Essays

The Exact Location of the Soul: New and Selected Essays
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  • Seller:GSB co
  • Sales Rank:1,392,160
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Edition:First Edition
  • Pages:352
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):1
  • Dimensions (in):0.9 x 5.5 x 8.5
  • Publication Date:March 6, 2002
  • ISBN:0312263139
  • EAN:9780312263133
  • ASIN:0312263139
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Editorial Reviews:
Synopsis
"Richard Selzer soars, leaving the vast majority of what are known as 'popular medicine writers' still toiling in the trenches of 'science' and 'humanism' below. His writings, sustained by astonishing imaginative, intellectual, and technical gifts, giv
Amazon.com Review
Over three decades, Richard Selzer has brought his skills as a surgeon to the page, wrestling powerful descriptions of pain and deliverance into words. This collection gathers representative writings from the whole of his career, including set pieces like the four-part "Letter to a Young Surgeon" and frequently anthologized essays on such delicate matters as delivering the news of a death to loved ones (and what happens to the corpse afterward).

Death is a constant theme in these essays, for "only in literature do the dead have a voice." Selzer has a marked talent for removing some of the mystery and fear from what is, after all, an inevitable process. He is also superb at describing such routine events of the surgical theater as the scrubbing of hands, the proper and improper functioning of blood and organs, and the instantaneous decisions that a doctor must make during a normal day. Selzer's style is often ornate--"What heartbroken psoriatic, surveying his embattled skin," he writes, "would not volunteer for an unanesthetized flaying could it but rid him of his pink sequins, his silver spangles?"--and not to every taste, but his gentle reflections on human frailty afford a revealing view of the practice of medicine, which Selzer clearly loves. "Say what you will about writing," he notes, "there is no more thrilling an achievement than the successful completion of a difficult surgical dissection." --Gregory McNamee


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