Merging art and religion with science, these largely autobiographical essays delve deeply into the emotional territory of medicine commonly avoided by other . Confessions of a Knife by Richard Selzer – book cover, description, publication history. Confessions of a knife /‚Äč Richard Selzer. Author. Selzer, Richard, Published. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, c Physical Description.

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. He is too preoccupied with his own sense of self-importance combined with a Zen Master approach to pondering general surgery.

And at night, in Emergency, there was the pomp, the conessions of the stars to deflate the surgeon’s ego. There was one on the author’s religious background that followed at least one other non-medical story and I skipped it all together out of boredom.

Some of the writing about medicine is so ponderously literary it threatens to collapse under the weight of its own metaphor, but I enjoyed a few confessins the essays and most particularly the history of Alexis St.


The specimen collectors a bit horrifying. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Lists with This Book. Look, it’s not bad, it’s just very misrepresented by its title. Never hesitant to admit his own frailties, Selzer draws on his experiences as a surgeon with integrity and wit, allowing readers a first-hand glimpse into the medical world. As a prose stylist, he is even better than Oliver Sachs, and his reflections on illness, health and mortality are deeply felt and thought provoking.

I was hoping this was a book primarily about the author’s work as a surgeon, but he went off on so many tangents that I found the book to be more like a hodge-podge of whatever subject he felt like writing about on a given day.

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Learn more about Amazon Prime. He finished his surgical residency at Richarx in and practiced untilwhen he left his surgical career to write full time. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. To ask other readers questions about Confessions of a Knifeplease sign up.

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