Hugh Aldersey-Williams's Anatomies: A Cultural History of the Human Body PDF

By Hugh Aldersey-Williams

"A wonderful, organ-by-organ trip in the course of the physique eclectic…Irresistible [and] impressive." —John J. Ross, Wall road Journal

The human physique is the main fraught and engaging, talked-about and taboo, distinctive but common truth of our lives. it's the concept for paintings, the topic of technological know-how, and the resource of a few of the best tales ever instructed. In Anatomies, acclaimed writer of Periodic Tales Hugh Aldersey-Williams brings his pleasing mixture of technological know-how, historical past, and tradition to endure in this richest of subjects.

In an enticing narrative that levels from historical physique artwork to cosmetic surgery this day and from head to toe, Aldersey-Williams explores the corporeal mysteries that make us human: Why are a few humans left-handed and a few blue-eyed? what's the humorous bone, besides? Why do a little cultures examine the guts because the seat of our souls and passions, whereas others position it within the liver?

A journalist with a knack for telling a narrative, Aldersey-Williams takes half in a drawing category, attends the dissection of a human physique, and visits the doctor’s place of work and the morgue. yet Anatomies attracts not only on scientific technology and Aldersey-Williams’s reporting. It attracts additionally at the works of philosophers, writers, and artists from all through background. Aldersey-Williams delves into our shared cultural heritage—Shakespeare to Frankenstein, Rembrandt to 2001: an area Odyssey—to display how attitudes towards the human physique are as various as human historical past, 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 mind, Anatomies is a treasure trove of unusual proof and tales and an excellent embodiment of what Aristotle wrote greater than millennia in the past: "The human physique is greater than the sum of its parts."

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