This is a terrific read, even if the idea of slicing into a cadaver makes you queasy. Hayes is the author of two previous books, Sleep demons, an account of insomnia, and Five quarts, on blood. If The anatomist is anything to go by, then these earlier books are certainly worth reading (I’ve already ordered them). Hayes’ book on blood is particularly poignant, as his long-term partner was HIV-positive and died shortly before the present book was completed.
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