chapter  16
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Richard Selzer: Premier American Surgeon-Writer

W hat does it take for a simple and unsophisticated instrument, the knife, to confess its advances, defeats, glories, difficulties and many more details of its life ? It is not a simple task to be a rudimentary knife and at the same time to be entrusted with the care of the human body. If a knife could talk, what do you think it would say? I guess this could be a long story, since the many battles endured by this committed piece of

steel might be expressed as optimism, sorrow, virtue, caring and cure, which can all occur in the full expression of its presence.