Pale Faces: The Masks of Anemia


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Bellevue Literary Press
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5.04 X 7.73 X 0.78 inches | 0.63 pounds

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About the Author

Charles Bardes, MD is a practicing physician, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Associate Dean at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. He has published numerous articles which probe the cultural artifacts of medicine. Along with writings on clinical medical practice he pursues the multiple linkages between aesthetic experience, literature and history to medical procedure and its curious evolution.


"Bardes casts a wide net over science, literature and philosophy in this marvelously literate study. . . . Readers with a passion for multidisciplinary and well-crafted writing will find pleasure here." --Publishers Weekly

"An appetizing smorgasbord of stories of considerable erudition and wide interest. For readers seeking intellectual entertainment and exploration, this is a delightful book." --Choice

"Charles L. Bardes's meditations on medicine . . . are beautifully--transparently--written, deeply informed, consistently probing the implications of their subject matter, and they carry surprise." --SVEN BIRKERTS, from "Charles Bardes, An Appreciation," Agni

"Charles L. Bardes writes with a wonderfully creative and richly literate style. . . . It is an illusion unmasked in this interesting and rewarding book that diseases are technical things separate from the world of language and meanings in which we are all immersed." --ERIC CASSELL, author of The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine

"Denis Diderot wrote that the organs of the body have their particular history, their infancy, youth, and senility. Each one has a biography. In Pale Faces, Dr. Charles L. Bardes has shown himself a wonderful biographer of the blood-forming system. His depiction of the origin, vicissitudes, and, in a word, the silent majesty of the structures that make and destroy the blood, is no less than masterful." --F. GONZALEZ-CRUSSI, MD, author of On Seeing and On Being Born