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Anatomies : a cultural history of the human body, Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Label
Anatomies : a cultural history of the human body
Title
Anatomies
Title remainder
a cultural history of the human body
Statement of responsibility
Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • It is the inspiration for art, the subject of science and the source of some of the greatest stories ever told. From ancient body art to plastic surgery, from early anatomists to conceptual artists, grave-robbers to bionic athletes, our changing attitudes to the human body, how it works, what it should look like, how to live with it, what it means, tell us more about ourselves than almost any other subject in human history. And yet, until we fall ill, most of us take this extraordinarily complicated collection of flesh, bones and fluids entirely for granted. Blending history, science, art, literature and the everyday, the author investigates this most marvelous and mysterious of creations. The result is a treasure trove of surprising facts, remarkable stories and startling information that encompasses everything from the first finger-printing to the physiology of angels, from synesthesia to the Clown Egg Register, from the death-mask of Isaac Newton to the afterlife of Einstein's brain. Combining science, history and culture, this guide to the human body explores every aspect of our anatomy from ancient body art to modern-day plastic surgery and discusses why some people are left-handed and why some cultures think the soul resides in the liver
  • "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."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Aldersey-Williams, Hugh
Dewey number
612
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QP38
LC item number
.A36 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2015 B-772
  • QS 11.1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Human body
  • Human physiology
  • Human anatomy
  • Anatomy
  • Human Body
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Physiological Phenomena
Label
Anatomies : a cultural history of the human body, Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-280) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The anatomy lesson -- The Whole. Mapping the territory -- Flesh -- Bones. -- The Parts. Carving up the territory -- The head -- The face -- The brain -- The heart -- Blood -- The ear -- The eye -- The stomach -- The hand -- The sex -- The foot -- The skin. -- The Future. Extending the territory -- Coming home
Control code
ocn827852486
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xxv, 294 pages
Isbn
9780393239881
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013002982
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)827852486
Label
Anatomies : a cultural history of the human body, Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-280) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The anatomy lesson -- The Whole. Mapping the territory -- Flesh -- Bones. -- The Parts. Carving up the territory -- The head -- The face -- The brain -- The heart -- Blood -- The ear -- The eye -- The stomach -- The hand -- The sex -- The foot -- The skin. -- The Future. Extending the territory -- Coming home
Control code
ocn827852486
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
xxv, 294 pages
Isbn
9780393239881
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013002982
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)827852486

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