“The Appendix and the Spectacles,” Miles J. Breuer, 1928

“The Appendix and the Spectacles,” Miles J. Breuer, 1928 – A bank owner denies an extension on a medical student’s loan and the student is forced to give up medical school for philosophy, where he learns to manipulate the fourth dimension.  Years later, the banker—who is phobic about operations—has appendicitis and contracts with the Ph.D. for a woundless surgery.  After surgery, x-rays reveal that the Ph.D. left his spectacles in the patient, but the banker can’t sue due to lack of a scar.  The Ph.D. asks for $50,000 to set up a fund for poor medical students, then removes the spectacles.

Comments: Here the scientist is the “trickster surviving by his wits” and “Robin Hood” in one, a folk hero pitted against a villain with the traditional villain’s faults (greed, cowardice, lack of mercy). Also contrasts those who value the life of the mind with the stewards of capitalism.

Author: Wikipedia: “Miles John Breuer (January 3, 1889 – October 14, 1945) was an American physician and science fiction writer.”

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