By Hugh Aldersey-Williams
"A brilliant, organ-by-organ trip during the physique eclectic. . . impossible to resist [and] impressive."—John J. Ross, Wall road JournalThe human physique is the main fraught and interesting, talked-about and taboo, detailed but common truth of our lives. it's the suggestion for artwork, the topic of technology, and the resource of a few of the best tales ever informed. In Anatomies, acclaimed writer of Periodic stories Hugh Aldersey-Williams brings his wonderful combination of technological know-how, heritage, and tradition to undergo in this richest of subjects.
In an interesting narrative that levels from old physique paintings to cosmetic surgery this present 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 perform a little cultures give some thought to the center 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 type, 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 heritage. 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 assorted as human background, 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 evidence and tales and a superb 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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Anatomies: A Cultural History of the Human Body by Hugh Aldersey-Williams