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August 11, 1999

FictionThe Anatomist: A Novel

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Federico Andahazi, translated from the Spanish by Alberto Manguel, 215 pp, $22.95, ISBN 0-385-49132-8, New York, NY, Doubleday, 1998.

JAMA. 1999;282(6):591-592. doi:10.1001/jama.282.6.591-JBK0811-2-1

For centuries thought to be a woman's most powerful anatomical part, the clitoris is the major source of a woman's sexual pleasure. Whoever controls it controls her: this old idea activates Federico Andahazi's bold, brilliant novel, based on an actual historical figure, celebrating "discovery" of the clitoris. Although described since antiquity by physicians, anatomists, midwives, and women, the clitoris never was appreciated as methodically or philosophically as by the Renaissance Venetian anatomist and physician and contemporary of Vesalius, Mateo Colombo.

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