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    DescriptionThe human body is the most fraught and fascinating, talked-about and taboo, unique yet universal fact of our lives. It is the inspiration for art, the subject of science, and the source of some of the greatest stories ever told. In Anatomies, acclaimed author of Periodic Tales Hugh Aldersey-Williams brings his entertaining blend of science, history, and culture to bear on this richest of subjects. 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. From Adam s rib to van Gogh s ear to Einstein s brain, Anatomies is a treasure trove of surprising facts and stories and a wonderful embodiment of what Aristotle wrote more than two millennia ago: The human body is more than the sum of its parts. "

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    A Cultural History of the Human Body
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hugh Aldersey-Williams
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393239881
    ISBN 10: 0393239888

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
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    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16700
    DC22: 612
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BIC subject category V2: MFC
    B&T Approval Code: A64400000, A64600300
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    Abridged Dewey: 612
    BISAC V2.8: SCI036000
    B&T Approval Code: A50890000
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    DC23: 611
    LC classification: QP38 .A36 2013
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, PSX, MFC, MFG
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    09 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    A magnificent exploration of the myths and mysteries of human anatomy . Aldersey-Williams writes like a latter-day Montaigne. --Thomas Wright"