Mary Fissell Talks Naming Body Parts to NPR

Prof. Mary Fissell was interviewed for a Dec. 16th NPR health article, "The Seahorse in Your Brain: Where Body Parts Got Their Names." "I'm fascinated by the struggle of translating sensory experiences to words," Mary tells the news outlet, "and that's what these early anatomists were doing. Sometimes in the names or descriptions you can almost feel the struggle of someone seeing this object and trying to reduce it to words."