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Swallow : Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration, and the Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them



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A beguiling and deeply rewarding exploration of Philadelphia's Mutter Museum Foreign Body Collection, drawers filled with items that have been swallowed. It is also a quirky portrait of Dr Chevalier Jackson, the pioneering laryngologist who extracted these items non-surgically. Animating the space between interest and terror, curiosity and dread, Capello explores the physiology of the human swallow, the poignant and psychology that compels people to ingest non-nutritive items. A history of racism, violence, class and poverty and forced ingestion.

Author Biography

Mary Cappello is the author of Awkward (a Los Angeles Times bestseller), Called Back, and Night Bloom. A recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, the Bechtel Prize for Educating the Imagination, and the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize, she teaches at the University of Rhode Island and lives in Providence.

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. xi
Who Was That Man?p. 1
"Alone on Floor with Pile of Buttons"p. 1
Remembering Forward: The Idea of a Legacyp. 25
Fbdy #C804, Case #3268, X-rays #48451C and 48460C: The Case of Andrew C.p. 39
A Peculiar Chapp. 45
"The Life of Chevalier Jackson": Early Prototypes of Rescuep. 52
How Does Someone Swallow That?
Between Carelessness and Desire: Getting Objects Downp. 57
Chevalier Jackson's Traumatic "Phases"p. 72
A Catastrophe of Childhood: Gastric Lavagep. 82
Chevalier Jackson's Tears: The Case of the Boy Who Criedp. 91
Fbdy (Multiple) #1173: Gavage: The Case of Joseph B.p. 102
Fbdy #2440: A Perfect Attendance Pinp. 119
"Strange Things Were on the Run from Mary's Deepest Depths": Hardware, Swords, Scopesp. 137
What Are These Things?p. 193
Fbdy #565: The Case of Margaret Derryberry: Objects Lost and Found and Lost Againp. 193
Instrumentality and Instruments as Thingsp. 204
Modernist Portals and Secular Tabernacles: Chevalier Jackson Meets Joseph Cornellp. 222
Mystery Bones and the Unrecovered Boyp. 235
Select Bibliographyp. 263
Acknowledgmentsp. 275
Indexp. 283
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