Bottoms Up!: A Pathologist's Essays on Medicine and the Humanities

3 avg rating
( 3 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780060971885: Bottoms Up!: A Pathologist's Essays on Medicine and the Humanities

“The reader will note,” Dr. Ober explains, “that psychopathology occupies a prominent place in these essays—melancholia, masochism, hysteria, autoerotic asphyxia, and other dinner table topics.” The book opens with a brisk discussion of flagellation—studded with rare illustrations. Like all of the essays in the book, this is an illuminating chapter, scholarly and good natured at the same time, and one that gives rise to speculation concerning human nature and human history.

Ober provides medical answers to many mysteries. In a discussion of infertility in the Bible, he speculates medically as to why Onan and his older brother Er died during coitus. In the eyes of the doctor, these biblical antiheros may deserve our pity, but not our scorn. He also explains the role of Reuben’s man­drakes in fertilizing the barren Rachel. Equally fascinating is his discussion of the mandrake, a wondrous weed and sire of legend and superstition.

 

Ober shows why an unfamiliar composer named František Koczwara got himself hanged in a London whorehouse. He tells of the aborted homosexual sadism in Robert Musil; the murder, madrigals, and masochism in the life of composer Carlo Gesualdo; the iconography of leprosy; the iconography of Fanny Hill (or how to illustrate a dirty book); the melancholia of Johnson and Boswell; the short, miserable life of Rimbaud; and other mysteries to which medicine may hold the key.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

William B. Ober, M.D., began his career as pathologist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in 1950. He is presently Director Emeritus, Department of Pathology, Hackensack Medical Center and Clinical Professor of Pathology, New Jersey Medical College. He is also Assistant Medical Examiner in Bergen County, New Jersey.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Ober, William B.
Published by Harpercollins 1988-10-01 (1988)
ISBN 10: 0060971886 ISBN 13: 9780060971885
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Lover's Warehouse
(Watauga, TN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins 1988-10-01, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. FAST SHIPPING & FREE TRACKING! 100% Money Back Guaranteed. The pages of this book are clean and unmarked. The binding is in good shape. The spine is un-creased. Bookseller Inventory # 127469

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 5.27
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Ober, William B.
Published by Harpercollins (1988)
ISBN 10: 0060971886 ISBN 13: 9780060971885
New Paperback First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060971886

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Ober, William B.
Published by Harpercollins (1988)
ISBN 10: 0060971886 ISBN 13: 9780060971885
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harpercollins, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060971886

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 22.45
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Ober, William B.
ISBN 10: 0060971886 ISBN 13: 9780060971885
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97800609718851.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 138.16
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds