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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.
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 Note||p. xi|
|Who Was That Man?||p. 1|
|"Alone on Floor with Pile of Buttons"||p. 1|
|Remembering Forward: The Idea of a Legacy||p. 25|
|Fbdy #C804, Case #3268, X-rays #48451C and 48460C: The Case of Andrew C.||p. 39|
|A Peculiar Chap||p. 45|
|"The Life of Chevalier Jackson": Early Prototypes of Rescue||p. 52|
|How Does Someone Swallow That?|
|Between Carelessness and Desire: Getting Objects Down||p. 57|
|Chevalier Jackson's Traumatic "Phases"||p. 72|
|A Catastrophe of Childhood: Gastric Lavage||p. 82|
|Chevalier Jackson's Tears: The Case of the Boy Who Cried||p. 91|
|Fbdy (Multiple) #1173: Gavage: The Case of Joseph B.||p. 102|
|Fbdy #2440: A Perfect Attendance Pin||p. 119|
|"Strange Things Were on the Run from Mary's Deepest Depths": Hardware, Swords, Scopes||p. 137|
|What Are These Things?||p. 193|
|Fbdy #565: The Case of Margaret Derryberry: Objects Lost and Found and Lost Again||p. 193|
|Instrumentality and Instruments as Things||p. 204|
|Modernist Portals and Secular Tabernacles: Chevalier Jackson Meets Joseph Cornell||p. 222|
|Mystery Bones and the Unrecovered Boy||p. 235|
|Select Bibliography||p. 263|
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