Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery

December 5, 2020
Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery

A surgeon shares true stories of life, death, and thehuman body in an essay collection that "will nail you to yourchair" (Saturday Review).With settings ranging from the operating theater to a Koreanambulance, and topics as varied as the disposition of a corpse andthe author's own childhood, these nineteen captivating, wry, andintimate vignettes offer a poignant examination of health,humanity, and, of course, mortality. Sometimes tragic, sometimeshumorous, the essays offer a physician's viewpoint that goes beyondthe medical to also consider the most meaningful issues andquestions we face, whether as doctors or patients, cared for orcaregiver.Praised by Kirkus Reviews as "an impressive display ofknowledge and art, magic and mystery," Mortal Lessons is aclassic reflection on the human body and the human experience, andwill resonate with readers for generations to come.