Confessions of a Knife

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  • Title: Confessions of a Knife
  • Author: Richard Selzer
  • ISBN: 9780870136054
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Paperback
Confessions of a Knife

Free Read Confessions of a Knife - by Richard Selzer, Confessions of a Knife, Richard Selzer, Confessions of a Knife Merging art and religion with science these largely autobiographical essays delve deeply into the emotional territory of medicine commonly avoided by other writers This collection first published in utilizes the physical body as a means to explore the human mind and soul Never hesitant to admit his own frailties Selzer draws on his experiences as a surgeon withMergi Free Read Confessions of a Knife - by Richard Selzer - Confessions of a Knife, Confessions of a Knife Merging art and religion with science these largely autobiographical essays delve deeply into the emotional territory of medicine commonly avoided by other writers This collection first published in

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  • I read this a long, long time ago maybe in the 1980s and I have never forgotten it I have forgotten many books I ve read That this one hangs with me well, it makes me want to hunt it down and read it again.In the meantime, I m giving it 5 stars for its longevity in my memory.


  • I was hoping this was a book primarily about the author s work as a surgeon, but he went off on so many tangents that I found the book to be like a hodge podge of whatever subject he felt like writing about on a given day The essays that dealt with surgery and working in the hospital were interesting but were few and far between The others though were quite strange There was one on the author s religious background that followed at least one other non medical story and I skipped it all together [...]


  • Two of my favorite writers maybe my most favorite are not writers by profession The first, Wallace Stevens, was an insurance adjuster The second, Richard Selzer, is a surgeon He is the only writer who has made me truly cringe with a turn of a line Aside from introductions and forewords elsewhere, this is the first collection of his that I ve ventured into Not long ago, operating rooms had windows It was a boon and a blessing in spite of the occasional fly that managed to strain through the scree [...]


  • I loved how it is than a collection of descriptions for operations This showed me the complexity of every aspect of life how connected your memories, your present, and your visions of the future are I found Selzer s memories of childhood most intriguing Favorite stories would include Sarcophagus, Il Traviato, In Praise of Senescence, Love Sick, Pages from a Wound Dresser s Diary, Alexis St Martin, and The Lammergeier I think Part II, along with other books and influences, made me aware of how [...]


  • I read this book whilst I was training and was enthralled by its beauty and the messages within It was my first realisation that there were doctors out there who could communicate their ideas without being patronising or paternalistic Some of his esssays are slightly off centre e.g the idea that all pathologists should be coralled and shot, not that i disagree with him but I am sure there is a tongue firmly in a cheek at the time There is raw power in each short piece, controlled emotion and a p [...]


  • A mixed bag of essays, memoirs, stories and histories, and the problem with listening to the audio version is that you can t browse around and skip the boring ones Some of the writing about medicine is so ponderously literary it threatens to collapse under the weight of its own metaphor, but I enjoyed a few of the essays and most particularly the history of Alexis St Martin and William Beaumont, the 19th century voyageur who suffered an injury that opened a kind of window in his stomach and the [...]


  • Selzer is one of the great medical essayists As a prose stylist, he is even better than Oliver Sachs, and his reflections on illness, health and mortality are deeply felt and thought provoking Overall this book isn t quite as good as Mortal Lessons, but it is still a good read Definitely recommended.


  • An excellent book if you are in to medicine or surgical procedures, however I believe it could be read and enjoyed by someone who just likes heavily descriptive writing Despite the fact Selzer is a surgeon first and a writer second, his use of metaphor is exquisite and often highly intricate in detail.


  • Wow this guy can write His style is thick with metaphors for the human body and for illnesses, but he comes across as real and as someone searching for meaning in suffering Poetic style I m going to have to read his other books.


  • This was a second reading of this book after about 25 years It was as I remembered, exceptionally well written and compelling Not every story is perfect but there are enough to put this compilation in a short list of short story books that one can really savor.



  • I picked this book up at a library sale for 0.50 What a find I was really captivated by his stories So much so that I have started reading some of his other works


  • Great if you are interested in medical type books his wiritng style is very unique and sometimes disturbing, but I love these short stories


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