“Yet the Body Is His Book”: Plastinated Bodies and the Book of Common Bioethics
Controversial Bodies: Thoughts on the Public Display of Plastinated Corpses. Edited by John D. Lantos. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. 160 pages. Hardcover. $35.00
Article first published online: 6 MAY 2013
© 2013 by The Hastings Center
Hastings Center Report
Volume 43, Issue 3, pages 46–47, May-June 2013
How to Cite
Nelson, J. L. (2013), “Yet the Body Is His Book”: Plastinated Bodies and the Book of Common Bioethics. Hastings Center Report, 43: 46–47. doi: 10.1002/hast.176
- Issue published online: 6 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 6 MAY 2013
John Donne, poet laureate of the human body, was much troubled by its fate. Scorning Plato's picture of the body as the soul's prison, Donne imagined souls as leaving their bodies reluctantly and as yearning to return to the very one from which they had departed. In poems like “The Ecstasy,” he depicts the union of lovers’ souls, hints at a similar love of souls for bodies, and suggests that it is through the body—“his book”—that the lover comes to know love's spiritual mysteries. John Lantos also thinks bodies important, and that some among their possible fates, anyway, can be troubling.
A review of Controversial Bodies: Thoughts on the Public Display of Plastinated Corpses, edited by John D. Lantos.