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Anatomies A Cultural History of the Human Body

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ISBN-10: 0393239888

ISBN-13: 9780393239881

Edition: 2013

Authors: Hugh Aldersey-Williams

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“Science writing at its best.”—Matt Ridley, best-selling author of GenomeIn an engaging narrative that sweeps from ancient body art to plastic surgery today, Hugh Aldersey-Williams brings his entertaining blend of science, history, and culture to bear on the richest of subjects: the human body. Why are some people left-handed and some blue-eyed? What is the funny bone, anyway? Drawing on cultural references from Shakespeare to Frankenstein, Rembrandt to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Aldersey-Williams reveals how attitudes toward the human body are as varied as human history, as he explores tattooing, shrunken heads, bloodletting, fingerprinting, X-rays, and more.Adam’s rib, van Gogh’s ear,…    
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/3/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.42" wide x 9.49" long x 1.05" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Prologue: The Anatomy Lesson
The Whole
Mapping the Territory
The Parts
Carving Up the Territory
The Head
The Face
The Brain
The Heart
The Ear
The Eye
The Stomach
The Hand
The Sex
The Foot
The Skin
The Future
Extending the Territory
Epilogue: Coming Home
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