The Exact Location of the Soul
New and Selected Essays
By Richard Selzer
(Picador, Hardcover, 9780312261467, 400pp.)
Publication Date: March 2001
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Richard Selzer selects from his own classic essays, culled from three decades of writing. Published along with his favorites are five new essays, including "Phantom Vision" and "Braindeath," and an introduction detailing the making of this virtuoso doctor/writer. Compassionate, moving and perversely funny, Richard Selzer's essays intimately connect us with profound questions of life and death.
Richard Selzer is a former surgeon and Yale School of Medicine professor. He has received many awards for his writing, including a National Magazine Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a Guggenheim fellowship. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
"No one writes about the practice of medicine with Selzer's unique combination of mystery and wonder."—Los Angeles Times
"No matter where he takes us, we follow, because he has the storyteller's gift."
—The New Yorker
"Selzer has a grace all his own, both as a prose stylist and as a surgeon. His love for the bodies he has tended is ever apparent; patients everywhere should applaud the medical school administrators who make his books required reading: They teach young doctors humility, kindness, and compassion."—Susan Balée, The Philadelphia Inquirer
"With unflinching eyes and a poet's skill . . . Selzer enables us to see our bodies in previously unconsidered ways . . . A brilliant guide to the human body."—James Schiff, Book Summit
"Newcomers [will] become intrigued and delighted by his wit, perception, and skillful use of language throughout the book."—William Beatty, Booklist
"Eloquent . . . A passionate, unsentimental celebration of life's messiness, whether on an operating table or at a dining table."—Kirkus Review
"The rewards of a lifetime of attentive and thoughtful gazing . . . A man's deep delight in his chosen profession."—The Boston Globe