mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
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Blood & Guts by Richard Hollingham.

Gage lives, but not well!
Trepanation by gaslight!
The Doktor is...in!

This is a history of surgery, & a rather pop one at that-- which I expected, & isn't a condemnation, but rather a notice-- this is a popular history & not an academic one. It apparently accompanied a BBC series? & besides that came with both a preface & a forward. How about that! I have to admit, some of the semi-fictionalized accounts were riveting; surgery is an awfully gruesome thing. I particularly like that I know how Victorian surgeons had their tools laid out-- it was standardized: knife, knife, saw, forceps, sponges, threaded needles, pliers, & water. I also have to admit a fondness for having facial reconstructive surgery in the 21st century; I would not like to have been on the forefront of plastic surgery, let me tell you what. There were a few parts that seemed almost too outlandish to be true, let alone effective: suffice to say I am saving them for my roleplaying game. A couple of final notes: the book dealt with the first sex change pretty well, using the proper tenses, more or less. & there was a footnote on pg 294 that confounded me-- in response to the conspiracy theory that the CIA would put chips in our brains, the book says "the reality was that if the government government really wanted to control the population through mind control, they would stick drugs in the drinking water, rather than go through the impractical & messy bussiness of implanting chips." What the-- what is that, a trick on any paranoid schizophrenics who might be reading? Or the result of some CIA study? Huh? You just toss that in for fun, Hollingham?
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