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Triple Biography
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Triple Biography MEMOIRS OF THE FOREIGN LEGION. By M. M. With

surrendered by the Morgue of Literature to the will of two eminent artists in surgery. The younger of these doctors is like Camdristus in La Peau de Chagrin, a specialist, a doctrinaire experimentalist —some say a dangerous crank; the elder resembles Brisset, a brilliant practitioner of the old order, ambitious for cures rather than for science, sceptical of panaceas and famous for the success of his ad hoc methods. Add two personal complications : the elder doctor discovers that the corpse is known to him, a former friend, and becomes antipathetic to the horrid designs his colleague intends against it; and the latter alienates him still further from the business by consecrating his scalpel, with distasteful rhetoric, to the unprofessional quest of a " dark god " in the blood of the victim or of the philosopher's stone in the bladder. Imagine the deed done and the subsequent quarrel between the participants, their public controversy on general questions arising from the case, and the revelation of varying taste and temperament in the opinions expressed.