May 1, 2004




A poetic, illuminating look at medicine and the body

  Frankenstein. Werewolves. Dracula. These images aren’t just imaginary creatures -- they’re also powerful symbols of the body. The body can be thought of as a machine made up of parts like Frankenstein’s monster, or as a creature ruled by animalistic urges, or as an entity that’s vulnerable to infection from a diseased fiend. In The Body of Frankenstein’s Monster, Cecil Helman, M.D., expands our view of our bodies by exploring its cultural and artistic representations. His lyrical essays draw on images from literature, art, history, myth, television, and film to provide new insights into our physical selves. Helman explores how X-rays create a snapshot of our future, why we use germs to express our modern anxieties, how the machine metaphor has changed the doctor-patient relationship, and how anatomical dissection is influenced by the political climate. Deeply personal and original, The Body of Frankenstein’s Monster reconnects the body to myth, art, and imagination.

“[Helman] has the rare gift of looking inwards and then outwards, turning clinical experience into a kind of poetry. In this he resembles Oliver Sacks….His language is delicious.” -- The Times (London)

“These inquisitive essays are a strong antidote to modern medicine’s tendency to treat the body as a machine….Helman undertakes poetic, cross-disciplinary forays for high-tech medicine’s connections to myth, magic and medicine.” --Publishers Weekly
  About Cecil Helman, M.D.
  Cecil Helman, M.D., is a London-based physician and medical anthropologist. He is the author of the textbook Culture, Health, and Illness, as well as of a novella, a book of short stories, and a collection of prose poems, and he edited Doctors and Patients: An Anthology, and his writing has appeared in many magazines including Vogue (UK) and The London Magazine. He holds academic posts at the Royal Free and University College Medical School and Brunel University, and has been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Medical School.
  The Body of Frankenstein’s Monster
by Cecil Helman, M.D.
Paraview Special Editions, 2004
ISBN: 1-931044-83-X
Culture/Medicine, Paperback Reprint
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Pub. Date: May 1, 2004
9x6 inches, 156 pages, $14.95 / ₤10.50
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  Paraview Publishing is a publisher that utilizes new media technology to publish quality works in body, mind, and spirit and the frontiers of science and culture -- areas related to the transformation of society. Our imprints include Paraview Press, print-on-demand books for niche audiences; Paraview Special Editions, reprints of select out-of-print books and international books; and Paraview Pocket Books, a joint imprint with Simon & Schuster for traditionally published works for a wide audience. Based in New York City, Paraview targets a global audience, including over 50 million Americans who are interested in healthy lifestyles, personal development and the transformation of society.

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