Thursday, December 18, 2008


News from the world of medicine has become increasingly bizarre lately. Why, just this morning I read about a woman who is having a face transplant...not in order to look like Paris Hilton or any such crass purpose, but to be able to live a reasonably normal life. This is a Good Thing, as Martha Fucking Stewart might put it.

But what really grabbed my attention was this article about a baby with an unusual brain tumor. Unusual? that ’s putting it mildly, for the tumor consisted of a fully-formed foot. Yeef!
[Dr. Paul] Grabb said that while removing the growth, he discovered it contained a nearly perfect foot and the formation of another foot, a hand and a thigh.
Bedam! A partial homunculus! Perhaps even a baby brother, engulfed and digested! It has happened before, as long-time Esteemed Readers will attest. Fetus in Fetu!

Happily, little Sam Esquibel should be able to go on to live a normal life. And I have a sneaking suspicion as to what his eventual career is likely to be.

He’ll be a podiatrist, of course! Who better suited to the task than a child born with feet on - nay, in - the brain?

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