A Washington Post Best Nonfiction Book of the Year and New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
"A gleaming, humane work…Eloquent and persuasive."
"An exceptionally thoughtful memoir…[a] beautiful book."
"Part memoir, part love letter, part medical history, part rationalization and part poetry…Gripping…Thought-provoking."
"Tantalizing…Heart-wrenching…[Montross’s] thoughtful meditations on balancing clinical detachment and emotional engagement will easily find a spot on the shortlist of great med school literature." —Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
"The table and the blade, blood and bodies, dissection and discernment—such are the properties of the medical arts. From her hands-in, hands-on study of parts, whole persons emerge in Dr. Montross’s wonderfully curious text. Here are ample doses of metaphor and good medicine." —Thomas Lynch, author of Booking Passage, The Undertaking, and Bodies in Motion and at Rest