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Six of these technically skilled fables first appeared in publications ranging from New American Review to Harper's Magazine. Selzer's mastery of the short story becomes obvious after reading all 18 stories in this volume. The New Haven surgeon has a major talent for fiction.
Among the briefest stories, an ill physician, summoned by need, finds he has been called to death on a moving train; a paralyzed man laboriously kills himself; and a surgeon pays for his pleasure but notes a dimpled mass on the prostitute's breast, so both professionals have used their skills.
In two longer stories, Selzer foregoes
Rituals of Surgery.. Ann Intern Med. 1974;80:783–784. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-80-6-783_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(6):783-784.
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