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Dissection: Photographs of a rite of passage in American medicine 1880-1930  Order form
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Dissection Book thumbnailThursday, April 23, 2009
Behind the Doors of Anatomy Class:Dissection is a rare photographic journey of medical students and their cadavers, by Susan Griffith
CWRU News Center
http://blog.case.edu/case-news/2009/04/23/dissectionbook

Friday, April 24, 2009
Gather ‘Round the Cadaver: A new book examines photographs of medical students posing with the bodies they dissected.
By Barron H. Lerner
Slate.com
http://www.slate.com/id/2216761/

Saturday, April 25, 2009
Person or Specimen? Cadavers in the medical dissection lab by Jessica Palmer
Bioephemera
http://scienceblogs.com/bioephemera/2009/04/people_or_things_cadavers_in_t.php

Sunday, April 26, 2009
Cadavers, camera, action!  With the rise of photography, portraiture entered the medical-school dissecting room.  Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine, 1880-1930
New York Times Book Review, April 26, 2009, p.17

Monday, April 27, 2009
Case Western Reserve University’s Allen Memorial Medical Library displays ‘Haunting Images’ from a century ago, by Brian Albrecht/Plain Dealer Reporter Cleveland.com
http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2009/04/case_western_reserve_universit_3.html

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Snapshots From the Days of Bare-Hands Anatomy, by Abigail Zuger, M.D.
New York Times / Health section:  review of Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine, 1880-1930
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/28/health/28book.html?ref=views

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Photographic History of Human Dissection, by Elizabeth Redden
Inside Higher Ed
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/04/29/dissection

Most emailed on NYT on April 28, 2009:
HEALTH Books: Snapshots From the Days of Bare-Hands Anatomy, by Abigail Zuger, M.D.
Capturing a photo craze inspired by cadavers of flesh and blood.
http://www.nytimes.com/gst/mostemailed.html

Saturday, May 2, 2009 (author interview)
Portraits Capture Life in Dissecting Class
Heard on All Things Considered
Jacki Lyden, host interviews Dissection author John Harley Warner http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104708421

Friday, May 29, 2009 (author interview)
Science Friday, with Ira Flatow
A new book uses photographs to tell the history of a medical school essential, human anatomy taught through dissection. We’ll talk with James M. Edmonson, Chief Curator of the Dittrick Medical History Center and co-author of the new book “Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880-1930,” about what can be learned from old med school snapshots.
http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/200905295

Amazon.com  Best Books of 2009
Top 10 Books: Science
Welcome to our Best of 2009 top 10 lists for Science. We’ve put our editors’ picks and our 2009 bestsellers for each category on the same page together, so you can easily compare. Click on “Editors’ Picks” to see our editors’ list of the best science books of 2009, including our top pick, The Age of Wonder, Richard Holmes’s delightfully masterful group biography of the adventurous scientists of Britain’s Romantic age. And click on “Customer Favorites” to find the bestselling science books at Amazon.com during 2009. (Ranked according to customer orders through October. Only books published for the first time in 2009 are eligible.)
See more editors’ picks and customers’ favorites in our Best of 2009 Store.http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=br_lf_m_
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Sunday, December 6, 2009
The Dissection Room Photo – A Lost Genre of Medical Portraiture, Observatory, Brooklyn, New York
As listed in the website of the New York Academy of Sciences
http://www.nyas.org/Events/SCDetail.aspx?cid=b4b90d85-0a89-4bf4-ae91-6abcef5df346

WNYC NPR New York (author interview)
http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/episodes/2009/12/07/segments/145604

Monday, December 07, 2009
Author James Edmonson, Chief Curator of the Dittrick Medical Center and Museum at Case Western Reserve University, explains why, in the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century, medical students took pictures of themselves with the cadavers they dissected. His book Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine includes 138 rare, historic photographs that reveal a strange piece of American medical history.
View photographs from the book Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine here.

Winter 2009-2010
Book review in Watermark newsletter of the Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences

 

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