CONFESSIONS OF A KNIFE RICHARD SELZER PDF

The beginning felt a bit odd to me. The first three mini scenes felt like a truck spinning its tires in the mud, striving to move forward. Selzer starts off by writing, "a river casts its influence over those who dwell upon its banks" From here he waxes poetically about such things. The end of that first section leaves the reader intrigued and, at least in my case, a little confused. Selzer writes, "A man and a woman love themselves in each other; together, they become a home.

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Richard Nordquist is professor emeritus of rhetoric and English at Georgia Southern University and the author of several university-level grammar and composition textbooks. When you use a scalpel, blood is shed; when you use a pen, ink is spilled.

It is the quietude of resolve layered over fear. And it is this resolve that lowers us, my knife and me, deeper and deeper into the person beneath. It is an entry into the body that is nothing like a caress; still, it is among the gentlest of acts.

Then stroke and stroke again, and we are joined by other instruments, hemostats and forceps, until the wound blooms with strange flowers whose looped handles fall to the sides in steely array.

There is sound, the tight click of clamps fixing teeth into severed blood vessels, the snuffle and gargle of the suction machine clearing the field of blood for the next stroke, the litany of monosyllables with which one prays his way down and in: clamp, sponge, suture, tie, cut.

And there is color. The green of the cloth, the white of the sponges, the red and yellow of the body. Beneath the fat lies the fascia, the tough fibrous sheet encasing the muscles. It must be sliced and the red beef of the muscles separated. Now there are retractors to hold apart the wound. Hands move together, part, weave. We are fully engaged, like children absorbed in a game or the craftsmen of some place like Damascus. Deeper still. The peritoneum, pink and gleaming and membranous, bulges into the wound.

It is grasped with forceps, and opened. For the first time we can see into the cavity of the abdomen. Such a primitive place. One expects to find drawings of buffalo on the walls. The vista is sweetly vulnerable at this moment, a kind of welcoming. An arc of the liver shines high and on the right, like a dark sun. It laps over the pink sweep of the stomach, from whose lower border the gauzy omentum is draped, and through which veil one sees, sinuous, slow as just-fed snakes, the indolent coils of the intestine.

You turn aside to wash your gloves. It is a ritual cleansing. One enters this temple doubly washed. Here is man as microcosm, representing in all his parts the earth, perhaps the universe.

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CONFESSIONS OF A KNIFE RICHARD SELZER PDF

Richard Nordquist is professor emeritus of rhetoric and English at Georgia Southern University and the author of several university-level grammar and composition textbooks. When you use a scalpel, blood is shed; when you use a pen, ink is spilled. It is the quietude of resolve layered over fear. And it is this resolve that lowers us, my knife and me, deeper and deeper into the person beneath. It is an entry into the body that is nothing like a caress; still, it is among the gentlest of acts. Then stroke and stroke again, and we are joined by other instruments, hemostats and forceps, until the wound blooms with strange flowers whose looped handles fall to the sides in steely array. There is sound, the tight click of clamps fixing teeth into severed blood vessels, the snuffle and gargle of the suction machine clearing the field of blood for the next stroke, the litany of monosyllables with which one prays his way down and in: clamp, sponge, suture, tie, cut.

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Confessions of a Knife

This book is a collection of short stories, mostly medical-case based. Richard Selzer is the author of numerous books and articles. He is a former surgeon and professor of surgery. The glue conressions the spine ripped apart when I opened the book and the pages started coming out. Confessions of a Knife.

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Shelves: audiobooks , bio-memoir , medicine , science , short-stories Selzer is one of my favorite writers, and this collection doesnt disappoint. Its an eclectic mix of stories about his medical practice, boyhood reflections, fiction, medical history, and some other essay types thrown in, all with his remarkable ear for language, powers of observation, wit, and humanity. Highly recommend. 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. Overall, I just found this book to be too strange and not at all what I was expecting, so I left it behind at the gym when finished.

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