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Resurrecting the Body Snatchers: The Halloween Edition

31 October 2014

I’ve written about body snatchers several times on this site, and each time, readers ask for more. Given that it’s Halloween, I thought I would give into that request and return...

1 Million Hits!

29 October 2014

I’m thrilled to announce that The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice has just surpassed 1 million hits. Wow, what a journey it’s been! I’m constantly surprised by the interest...

Disturbing Disorders: Cotard’s Delusion (Walking Corpse Syndrome)

7 October 2014

In 1880, a middle-aged woman paid a visit to the French neurologist, Jules Cotard (pictured below), complaining of an unusual predicament. She believed she had ‘no brain, no nerves,...