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September 20 2016

From Gore to Grave Robbing: The History of Medicine as Inspiration

When searching for inspiration for Beloved Poison, the dark and extraordinary history of 19th-century medicine offered an evocative, alarming, and exciting world. The setting for my novel...
September 1 2015

Hannibal 3.13: “The Wrath of the Lamb” is Ended

Here we are, fannibalizing together a last time, much like Hannibal and Will in the blood-soaked (probably) series finale “The Wrath of the Lamb.” There was some returning to the inspiration...
August 24 2015

Hannibal 3.12: “The Number of the Beast is 666”

Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) envisions killing his wife and so consults the second-deadliest therapist in Baltimore. Supposing this is only his dragonic killer-empathy in overdrive, nonetheless, I didn't...
August 11 2015

Hannibal 3.10: “And the Woman Clothed In Sun”

In Hannibal's 3.10, it's getting late, but Tooth Fairies are night owls, and Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage) takes his pedo-van to Maryland on a pilgrimage to Hannibal's old, plastic-shrouded...
August 4 2015

Hannibal 3.09: “And the Woman Clothed With the Sun...”

When Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) visits Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), we learn even the perennially-scruffy nature boy wears aftershave. The moon-phased Tooth Fairy is on a killing deadline, and...
July 28 2015

Hannibal 3.08: “The Great Red Dragon” At Last Descends

Stray dogs and more Englishmen! Once Hannibal was captive, I felt safe vacating, so “The Great Red Dragon” is a late write-up. This episode had a dash of everything I love and may mourn...
July 20 2015

Hannibal 3.07: “Digestivo” Finishes Characters

Hannibal's “Digestivo” finishes characters with a burp, despite NBC moving our dinner reservation. Shifted to Saturday night, without preamble, this week's episode had lots...
June 27 2015

Hannibal 3.04: “Aperitivo” Whets the Bloodlust

In “Apertivo,” a cadre of fractious, murderous conspirators maneuvers to converge upon Caesar (okay, Hannibal). In Republican Rome, a lamb was sacrificed to Jupiter on the ides of each...
May 10 2015

Fresh Meat: Trauma by Michael and Daniel Palmer

Trauma by Michael Palmer and Daniel Palmer is a medical thriller about a neurosurgical resident, who, after an awful mistake, retreats home, where her brother's PTSD offers an irresistible medical...
April 9 2015

Fresh Meat: Medium Dead by Paula Paul

Medium Dead by Paula Paul is the 4th installment in her Victorian-era cozy series about Doctor Alexandra Gladstone (available April 14, 2015). I'll admit to having never heard of Paula Paul...
March 27 2015

Like Jurassic Park, with Foreskins

Last year, we covered the strange and controversial artistic history of the Holy Foreskin, supposedly given to a pope by Charlemagne, which became a relic of veneration, being the only part of...
February 5 2015

The Elusive Truth: Repressed Memories

When Eileen looked into her daughter's blue eyes, she was struck by the resemblance to her childhood best friend, who'd been killed at eight years old. The case had never been solved. But...
February 5 2015

Pulling Teeth Causes Massive Traffic Jam

A distracted driver was responsible for a huge traffic jam in Alabama over the weekend. The driver wasn't looking at a cell phone or fumbling with the radio — he was trying to yank out...
January 22 2015

Fight or Flight: Neither for Woman Who Feels No Fear

Writers, get your pens ready! We've read stories about people who feel no pain, but a woman, known in a recent profile simply as SM, feels no fear. Literally. She's not trying to put on a “brave...
October 18 2014

Checking into The Knick 1.10: Season Finale “Crutchfield”

Season 1 of The Knick wrapped up with its finale, “Crutchfield,” where many of the characters attempted to resolve their ongoing problems by opting for a quick fix. Like the get-rich-quick...
October 11 2014

Checking into The Knick 1.09 “The Golden Lotus”

Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) has reached an all time low in “The Golden Lotus,” the penultimate episode of The Knick's debut season. Things are no better for Thackery, as the city-wide...
October 9 2014

Quincy and M.E.

Way before there were shows like CSI or Diagnosis Murder, there was the man, the one man who refused to be denied. If someone came across this man’s metal slab and it didn’t seem kosher?...
October 4 2014

Checking into The Knick 1.08: “Working Late a Lot”

In “Working Late a Lot”, the 8th episode of The Knick, Dr. Bertram Chickering, Sr. – Bertie’s father – wants his son to work anywhere but the Knick, Bertie wants to...
September 27 2014

Checking into The Knick 1.07: “Get the Rope”

After watching the pilot of The Knick, I wrote in my review that making Dr. John Thackery a drug-addicted surgeon was a cliché, but making him a drug-addicted, racist surgeon was different,...
September 20 2014

Checking into The Knick 1.06: “Start Calling Me Dad”

The Knick debuted by giving its characters lofty secrets—ones that were too big and too interesting for them not to come to light. We’ve already seen some truths trickle through (Sister...
September 13 2014

Checking into The Knick 1.05: “They Capture the Heat”

If there’s one point that The Knick has driven home time after time, it’s that early 20th Century surgery was not easy. If the actual process of cutting you open didn’t kill you,...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
September 8 2014

Breathless: Part 3

This week’s final episode of Breathless on Masterpiece Mystery is also the final episode of the series. It wasn’t renewed. So, if you love it that might come as disappointing news. At...
September 6 2014

Checking into The Knick 1.04: “Where’s the Dignity”

As Nurse Lucy Elkins learned in Episode 4 of The Knick “Where’s the Dignity”, it’s one thing to occasionally shoot up heroin in the private confines of your home and office,...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
September 2 2014

Breathless: Part 2

In Episode 2 of Breathless on Masterpiece Mystery: Richard Truscott (Oliver Chris) has gone to visit Margaret (Sarah Parish), as you knew he would. Jean (Zoe Boyle), the new Mrs. Truscott,...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
August 26 2014

Breathless: Part 1

Mad Men with doctors. That must have been the elevator pitch (lift pitch?) for Breathless, the three-part series that started on Masterpiece Mystery on August 24. For all I know the working title...
August 23 2014

Checking into The Knick 1.03: “The Busy Flea”

Last week on The Knick, we learned of the dirty secrets being kept by a handful of the main characters. This week, although it was close, none of them came to light just yet. But they will. And soon. We...
August 16 2014

Checking into The Knick 1.02: “Mr. Paris Shoes”

Last week, in The Knick’s premiere episode “Method and Madness”, resistance to change was the theme of the episode, and while none of the characters seemed ready to shift their...
August 15 2014

Not Dead Yet: Melbourne Edition

A Melbourne hospital recently mass-mailed 200 death certificates for live, recently discharged patients to their family doctors. According to the Times of India, it was an “inadvertent change...
August 9 2014

Checking into The Knick: Series Premiere “Method and Madness”

It’s only been one episode of The Knick, but if “Method and Madness” was any indication, there is a clear theme of the series: change, and the lengths various characters will go to...
August 5 2014

Modern Medicine had to Start Somewhere: Trailer for The Knick

From Oscar winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Erin Brokovich, Ocean's Eleven though Thirteen) comes The Knick, a ten-episode television series set in 1900 New York at The Knickerbocker...