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By Hugh Aldersey-Williams

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

The human physique is the main fraught and engaging, talked-about and taboo, specific but common truth of our lives. it's the concept for paintings, the topic of technology, 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 interesting narrative that levels from old physique artwork to cosmetic surgery at the present time 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 contemplate 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 historical past. Aldersey-Williams delves into our shared cultural heritage—Shakespeare to Frankenstein, Rembrandt to 2001: an area Odyssey—to show how attitudes towards the human physique are as assorted 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 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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