A professor of surgery and writing at Yale, Selzer opens windows on the world of medical oddities in this collection of candid, introspective essays. His subjects are sometimes grisly but always offer tantalizing insights. Selections including Sarcophagus, Pages from a Wound-Dresser’s Diary, and Love Sick reveal Selzer’s boundless curiosity about medicine, life, and art.
"Before there was Oliver Sacks..."
Dr. Richard Selzer, the writer and surgeon whose best-selling works have enthralled millions of literary critics and discriminating readers, returns to his boyhood in 1930s Troy, New York in this powerful memoir of medicine, dreams, and death. Down from Troy evokes the distinct character of Depression-era Troy - the sooty streets, horse-drawn hearses, saloons and brothels - and reveals how a poor boy like Selzer rose to become a professor at Yale Medical School.
From Richard Selzer, professor of surgery and writing at Yale and award-winning author, comes 13 insightful essays that guide listeners on a fascinating tour of the world—from the deepest mysteries of faith to the inner workings of a slaughter house. In these sometimes outlandish slices of life from around the globe, Richard Selzer tantalizes listeners with observations that will encourage deep thought and a new understanding of the world around us.