Anatomies – A Cultural History of the Human Body

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In an engaging narrative that ranges from ancient body art to plastic surgery today and from head to toe, Aldersey-Williams explores the corporeal mysteries that make us human: Why are some people left-handed and some blue-eyed? What is the funny bone, anyway? Why do some cultures think of the heart as the seat of our souls and passions, while others place it in the liver?

A journalist with a knack for telling a story, Aldersey-Williams takes part in a drawing class, attends the dissection of a human body, and visits the doctor s office and the morgue. But Anatomies draws not just on medical science and Aldersey-Williams s reporting. It draws also on the works of philosophers, writers, and artists from throughout history. Aldersey-Williams delves into our shared cultural heritage Shakespeare to Frankenstein, Rembrandt to 2001: A Space Odyssey to reveal how attitudes toward the human body are as varied as human history, as he explains the origins and legacy of tattooing, shrunken heads, bloodletting, fingerprinting, X-rays, and more.

From Adam s rib to van Gogh s ear to Einstein s brain, Anatomies is a treasure trove of surprising facts and stories and a wonderful embodiment of what Aristotle wrote more than two millennia ago: The human body is more than the sum of its parts. "

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ISBN-13: 9780393348842
ISBN-10: 0393348849
Pagini: 320
Ilustrații: 16 illustrations
Dimensiuni: 140 x 211 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.25 kg
Editura: W. W. Norton & Company