Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Knife Man

"...Well, perhaps that experiment wasn’t as successful, but still, it was inventive and I have to give him credit for at least trying to discover the secret.  It was improbable and daring, but still, he gave it a go..." (Jalapeno, The Knife Man). 

The character of Joe Parker in my current work, 'Jalapeno,' is inspired by the real life surgeon John Hunter, also known as the, Knife man, for his superb dissecting skills and knowledge of anatomy.  He joined his brother William at his Covent Garden anatomy school in London around 1748.

The Surgeon's Warning (1799)

"I have made candles of infants fat

The Sextons have been my slaves,

I have bottled babes unborn, and dried

hearts and livers from rifled graves.


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