Body of Knowledge: One Semester of Gross Anatomy, the Gateway to Becoming a Doctor

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Scribner, Aug 13, 2002 - Medical - 272 pages
Medical Gross and Developmental Anatomy is the course every medical student dreads. As one aspiring physician described it to journalist-author Steve Giegerich, "it's the bridge you have to cross if you want to become a doctor."
Four lab partners facing that notoriously difficult course at Newark's University of Medicine and Dentistry are Sherry Ikalowych, a former nurse and mother of four; Jennifer Hannum, an ultracompetitive jock; Udele Tagoe, a determined Duke graduate of Ghanian descent; and Ivan Gonzalez, a Nicaraguan refugee and unlikely medical student. This lively chronicle of each of their ambitions, failures, and successes has at its center Tom Lewis, the cadaver lying before them to be dissected. From their first face-to-face encounter with Lewis as an anonymous cadaver on the stainless steel table to a rich reverence for Lewis's generous donation of his body to science, what they each learn about medicine, compassion, life, and death makes for a fascinating insiders' account of the shaping of a medical professional.

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BODY OF KNOWLEDGE: One Semester of Gross Anatomy, the Gateway to Becoming a Doctor

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Accounts following students through medical school appear regularly, but this one limits itself to a single course: first-year anatomy. It turns out to be a good idea.Giegerich takes a journalist's ... Read full review

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Completing the freshman course, Medical Gross and Developmental Anatomy (GA), is one of the first bridges one crosses to become a physician. Journalist Giegerich succeeds admirably in taking readers ... Read full review


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Steve Giegerich is a journalist and a member of the adjunct faculty at the Columbia University School of Journalism. A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1998, he resides in Locust, New Jersey.

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