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Claptrap

…Poor shameful Jenny, full of grace, thus with your head upon my knee;– Whose person or whose purse may be the lodestar of your reverie?… What, Jenny, are your lilies dead? Aye, and the snow-white leaves are spread like winter … Continue reading

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Law and Order: ICU

The one great principle of the English law is, to make business for itself. Charles Dickens (1812-1870) “Each injured person whose wounds fester has the right to ask his surgeon why.” Artifact located at the Science Museum in South Kensington, … Continue reading

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Loos in the Time of Cholera

Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs. Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) In the summer of 1858, the Members of Parliament abandoned their beautiful waterfront building in London and fled to Oxford. Why? No political upheaval was brewing. No angry … Continue reading

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Supply and Demand

They tell us it was necessary for the purposes of science. Science! Why, who is science for? Not for poor people. Then if it be necessary for the purposes of science, let them have the bodies of the rich, for … Continue reading

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The Beauty and the Terror

The human body is the only machine for which there are no spare parts. Dr. Hermann Biggs (1859-1923) Last week, Professor Harrington described “the beauty and the terror” of the study of human anatomy. The secret workings of the body’s … Continue reading

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She Blinded Me with Natural Philosophy

The word “science” dates back to around 1300 C.E. The word “scientist,” on the other hand, didn’t exist until 1833. Until then, the men (and, rarely, women) who tinkered with chemicals and stared at the stars were said to be … Continue reading

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Something in the Way She Moves?

Why should a man’s mind have been thrown into such close, sad, sensational, inexplicable relations with such a precarious object as his own body! Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) If you pity Mr. Hardy, consider the predicament of every poor man who … Continue reading

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