Merging art and religion with science, these largely autobiographical essays delve deeply into the emotional territory of medicine commonly avoided by other . Confessions of a Knife by Richard Selzer – book cover, description, publication history. Confessions of a knife /​ Richard Selzer. Author. Selzer, Richard, Published. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, c Physical Description.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I was hoping this was a book primarily about the author’s work as a surgeon, but he went off selaer so many tangents that I found the book to be more like a hodge-podge of whatever subject he felt like writing about on a given day.

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He finished his surgical residency at Yale in and practiced untilwhen he left his surgical career to write full time. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Steve Goings rated it it was amazing Jul 14, If you’re looking to peel away layer after overbloated layer of superfluous metaphor to extract some semblance of medical relevance, then this is the book for you!

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If you’re looking for a book about concessions medicine, or as the title would seem to implysurgery, please look elsewhere. This book is a collection of short or, mostly medical-case based. Never hesitant to admit his own frailties, Selzer draws on his experiences as a surgeon with integrity and wit, allowing readers a first-hand Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The appendix on the appendix while seeming artful was tiring.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Never hesitant to admit his own frailties, Selzer draws on his experiences as a surgeon with integrity and wit, allowing readers a first-hand glimpse into the medical world.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. There was one on the author’s religious background that followed at least one other non-medical story and I skipped it all together out of boredom.

The more fictional or pontificating type stories have more metaphorical writing and I feel it gets too convolluted and abstract. He wrote horror stories that were published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Gary rated it it was amazing Oct 09, Customers who bought this item also bought.


Richard Selzer was not only a superb surgeonin additinn to being a first rate writer but a humanist who reflected an understanding of the world in which we live.

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Get to Know Us. My point on this one, is that it is bit of hit and miss. But for us who battled on, there was the benediction of the sky, the applause and reproach confessioms thunder.

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Write a customer review. I was really captivated by his stories.

Write a customer review. Want to Read saving…. Confessions of a knife. English Choose a language for shopping. Ashton Summers rated it it was amazing Sep 22, About the Author Richard Selzer is the author of numerous books and articles.

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I would recomend ” Confession of a Knife ” to any aspiring surgeon as well as lay people A truly enriching experiece.

The first, Wallace Stevens, was an insurance adjuster. Explore the Home Gift Guide. I was shocked however, to discover Cardizem ads scattered throughout. Emma rated it it was amazing Sep 26, The others though were richaed strange.