Short Story – “The Parable of the Box”

Ladies and Gentlemen, we present you a Sunday Steampunk Short Story. If you wish to submit your own prose for the reading pleasure of The Pandora Society please following the instructions at the end of this tale . . .  “The Parable of the Box” by James Pembroke I. “Hey you! Stop!” I should have known this […]

Pembroke’s Clinic – The Resurrection Men, Pt 2 – Protection

Onyxfeld, Early Winter Last week we began a brief study into the trade and industry of the infamous “body-snatchers,” those supposedly immoral and low collection of misfits who bravely and nobly provided the canvasses upon which the surgical artists could practice their work. However, not all have considered the less traditional perspectives and this week […]

Pembroke’s Clinic – The Resurrection Men, Pt 1 – Extraction

Onyxfeld, Early Winter As I was recently traveling to the city of Onyxfeld, the train passed by a large, snow covered cemetery. The sight of it brought to mind a common issue faced by surgeons and anatomists of the modern world in which we live, namely the sore deficit of cadavers available for the study […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic – Trepanning Pt. 3 – Defiance and Demonstration

London, 1872 My name is Doctor-Chirurgeon J. D. Pembroke. This is Part 3 of the study of trepannation. Part 1 and part 2 are available for your perusal. As the art of surgery progresses, we see increased skill employed and ever more subtle intrusions into the dermal layers, resulting in fewer scars and diminished bodily […]

Pembroke’s Clinic – Trepanning Pt. 2 – Magic, Medicine and Malpractice

London, 1872 My name is Doctor-Chirurgeon J.D. Pembroke and last week I discussed the history of the medical procedure known as trepanning. This week I will be discussing further the historical elements of the technique as used for both ‘magical’ and also therapeutic purposes, as compared to modern practices. Earliest written references to trepanning exist […]

Pembroke’s Clinic: Trepanning Pt. 1 – History

London, 1872 On My Humble Self: My name is Doctor-Chirurgeon James D. Pembroke. My work is simply this: to learn about and extend the utility and usefulness of the modern homo sapiens, a most interesting and curious creature. The periodicals and weeklies have yet to have their fill of me, and promote a most insidious and […]

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