A Traffic of Dead Bodies Anatomy and Embodied Social Identity in Nineteenth-Century America (Paperback)
|Author: Michael Sappol|
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|"This is a wonderful book--original, ambitious, fascinating, detailed--offering an important new approach to the history of scientific medicine as based on anatomical knowledge and a richly textured argument about the centrality of the anatomical body to the bourgeois American sense-of-oneself."--Elizabeth Fee, author of "Disease and Discovery" and "Making Medical History|
"This marvelous book exhibits the kind of intelligence and conceptual innovation that should attract a wide range of readers. Creative, cleverly written, and finely argued. Sappol's very smart cultural history of anatomy as both activity and ideology sketches an illuminating picture of nineteenth-century American aspiration and self-understanding."--Regina Morantz-Sanchez, University of Michigan
"This is a well-crafted, extensively researched, fascinating study of the cultural politics of anatomy in nineteenth-century America. It explores an impressive range of cultural expressions, pulling together a disparate array of phenomena that no one has linked before. This book will be of great value to cultural and social historians as well as to historians of medicine."--Karen Halttunen, University of California, Davis